Jr. Advisory Board Member
It begins with a small act of kindness on March 6 when Suria donated one dozen books she no longer needed to Children's Trust literacy campaign to mark her 12th birthday.
> A few days later, with the help of her mom, Suria launched Page by Page BookDrive within Joshua's Heart Foundation. Suria realized that using her love of reading, she could help improve literacy among youth at risk in Miami. For Suria, life without books is unimaginable and there are many children who don't own books at home to call their own.
The one month BookDrive combined with a unique Batik painting fundraiser event was a huge success. Suria's Page by Page project collected over 1,000 books in just 3 weeks through partnership with several local businesses including funds she raised with after-school donut sales. On April 19, 2015, on Global Youth Service Day weekend, JHF was able to distribute groceries to those in need along with more than 800 books collected through Suria's initiative. Two years later, in 2017, over 2,500 books have been distributed. Suria did a special book distribution at JHF's Christmas event and she looks forward to continuing the tradition.
It was very satisfying to put these used books in the hands of JHF's families all over South Florida in the past three years including students from Miramar Elementary, Gulfstream Middle school, as well as after-school program at Little Haiti Cultural Complex and Miami Mission Rescue and Community Activity Center.
Suria also contributed towards other projects within Joshua's Heart and supported the charity organization in making a difference through her dedication and enthusiasm. For the Giving Boutique project, Suria collected over 20 bags of clothing for the homeless. Watching these kids smile at JHF distribution events is a constant inspiration for her to give back.
This year, Suria will be contributing her time by helping organize food items at the JHF's warehouse as part of her weekly routine in addition to managing her Page-by-Page Bookdrive project. To donate or support Suria's project contact (305) 788-8295 or visit www.joshuasheart.org directly. You can also follow her project on Instagram at @Pagebypage_bookdrive.