Tek Time fi Read Belize

DONATE books to the

Tek Time fi Read Project

We invite you to join other families, youth groups, classes, scout groups, schools, offices, churches & religious communities, libraries, neighborhoods, and other groups share the joy of reading by sending boxes of AWESOME BOOKS to BELIZE!

The more books we receive – the more we can do to encourage a love of reading in our beautiful country…
WE NEED YOUR HELP! 😊

Tek Time fi Read Belize
Christian Drama School of New Jersey Book Drive

Where to get books to donate

  • Hold a book drive at your school, grocery store, office, church, youth group, etc. Download sample book drive flyer.
  • Clean out your bookshelves and donate books you don’t want anymore (ask your neighbors and friends to do the same)
  • Ask your children’s library or school if they have books that they are discarding
  • Buy cheap books at thrift stores, flea markets, Scholastic book sales, or clearance sales

What kinds of books to donate

WE NEED:

  • Books from baby to age 15
  • Books for under 10-years are in biggest demand especially preschool and early reader books.
  • Books that are fun, colorful, silly, interesting, and entertaining – we want to make reading interesting and FUN
  • Chapter books for children and teens
  • Popular books like Curious George, Dr Seuss, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Princess Sofia, Pooh, etc 

Please DO NOT SEND:

  • Adult books (we are a children’s project)
  • School textbooks (unless arranged with us first)
  • Dictionaries and encyclopedia sets
  • Ripped-up, marked-up, moldy, or wildly outdated books
Books for Belize
Beams of Light Baha'i Jr Youth Group (VA) Book Drive

How to get the books to us in Belize

Choose your location for shipping options:

We are located in Belmopan. WhatsApp or call us at 632-5477 to arrange a pickup or drop-off of books.  

If you are planning a visit to Belize, please see our “Books in Bags” program for visitors staying at Belizean hotels or resorts. Or send us a message at belizereads@gmail.com to coordinate.

The easiest way (that we have discovered so far) is to ship books by USPS Media Mail to our favorite shipping company’s warehouse in Houston (belizefreight.com). From there it will be delivered directly to us.

Note: Media Mail has a limit of 70lbs!

The cost of the shipping from the warehouse to Belize can be covered by you or we can get funding from other donors ($15-30). Contact us to arrange this part.

PACKING YOUR BOXES:

We recommend the following boxes:

Medium box 18”x 18” x 16” (80-180 books) Cardboard
MAX 70lbs – Media mail is $40 per box

Small box 16”x 12” x 12” (60-100 books) Cardboard
 about 40lbs – Media mail is $24 per box

Boxes should be packed as tightly as possible to avoid shifting around. They should be taped up well.
PLEASE NOTE: only children’s books should be mailed in the boxes – the post office does not allow non-media items in the “media mail” category and we may be charged import duties for other items. 

MAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Please follow the instructions on this page very carefully: 

Label the box with:
Heitha Beane – Belize Children’s book project
3340B Greens Rd
Ste #450
Houston, TX 77032
832-7647239

THEN send an email to BelizeReads@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Shipping company you used and tracking code if you have
  • Estimated delivery date

(If you have a small box and prefer to send by post office – please click on the “Anywhere else in the US” tab  for directions)

If you live on the East Coast between Florida and NY, Texas, New Orleans, Chicago, or Detroit, we work with a wonderful Company, Belize Freight, who drives trucks from these locations every month. They give us a discount and only charge US$50-100 per large box from the US to our location in Belize.

You can visit their website and contact them to see if they pick up in your area and what the schedule is: belizefreight.com. Please mention that it is for the “Belize Children’s Book Project/Heitha Beane” to get your discount.

PACKING YOUR BOXES:

We recommend the following boxes:

Large 18”x 18” x 24” (100-250 books) Cardboard or Plastic
Shipping is approx $50 per box*

Medium box 18”x 18” x 16” (80-180 books) Cardboard
Shipping is approx $40 per box*

Boxes should be packed as tightly as possible to avoid shifting around. They should be taped up well with the following label attached on the front and side: box label

If you want send something other than books, please contact us first as there may be an issue with customs (books are duty free).

*These are the prices from previous shipments with our discount. There is a limit to how many boxes we can get discounted per month (especially during Christmas) also occasionally shipping regulations change so the cost varies. Pick-ups in Florida will usually cost less since that is where the port is.

If you live near Houston, you can take your book donation directly to the warehouse of the shipping company we use, belizefreight.com.  They will then bring the box directly to us. Please mention that it is for the “Belize Children’s Book Project/Heitha Beane” to get our discount.

PACKING YOUR BOXES:

We recommend the following boxes:

Large 18”x 18” x 24” (100-250 books) Cardboard or Plastic
Shipping is approx $45 per box*

Medium box 18”x 18” x 16” (80-180 books) Cardboard
Shipping is approx $30 per box*

Small box 16”x 12” x 12” (60-100 books) Cardboard
Shipping is approx $15 per box*

Boxes should be packed as tightly as possible to avoid shifting around. They should be taped up well with the following label attached on the front and side: box label

If you want send something other than books, please contact us first as there may be an issue with customs (books are duty free).

*These are the prices from previous shipments with our discount and may vary.

Unfortunately, we have not found a reasonable way to ship books from other countries (let us know if you know of any).

However, there are book wholesalers and liquidators in the US we can buy from on your behalf who will ship to us.  100 children’s books is approx US$95, 1,000 books is approx Us$700. Basically about $1 per book. If you would like to donate to order some books this way, please contact us at BelizeReads@gmail.com. 

“The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and…finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.

― Neil Gaiman

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