Big Bad Wolf Books today pledged to donate books to the community through its long-term outreach programme despite suffering tens of thousands in losses due to the recent floods which hit the BookXcess warehouse in Shah Alam.
It said this was a way for it to give back to the community, especially those affected by the floods as well.
The books will be donated to 2,000 communities ranging from kindergartens to school libraries, underprivileged families and orphanages.
Just three weeks ago, the BookXcess warehouse in Shah Alam lost millions of books to the floods which swept through the 200,000 sq foot building.
But its founder Andrew Yap said the experience sparked a desire in him to give more to the community, especially after the sight of children from the neighbourhood going through the discarded piles to salvage the books that could still be used.
Adding that it had been a traumatic experience, he said they had always kept in mind their mission to give back to the community.
“Our mission has always been to empower and inspire Malaysians by making books accessible to all. We have focused on creating a new generation of readers and increasing English literacy, helping to improve their life chances,” he said.
This follows an initiatve earlier this week which saw hundreds of books contributed to families around Shah Alam, one of the worst-hit areas in Selangor.
But Yap said more support and contributions are needed.
“Each and every contribution will go towards this worthy cause. No donation is too small or too big.
“Therefore, we invite everyone to join us in donating to the community at large. If a company or an individual were to pledge RM3,500, it will help tremendously, in contributing a few hundred books to fill up a library and help people in immeasurable ways,” he said.
Big Bad Wolf Books will also be holding its Big Bad Comeback Online Book Sale from Jan 14 to 23.