Books to the Rescue

Studies have found that early learning in kindergarten and first grade forms the foundation of the entire educational process, and, as a result of the pandemic, many of our most vulnerable students are falling behind.

Books to the Rescue is a program operated by the men of the Allentown Rescue Mission to acquire, through donations, early learning books and distribute them to local elementary schools for the teachers to pass along to their most needy students.  The men in our Transformation Program collect, catalog, classify, and organize donated books for distribution.  Books to the Rescue provides a way for our men to give back to the community that has so generously blessed them.


The Allentown Rescue Mission is asking donors to drop off new or gently-used books.  Many people have them stored in the attic or basement, and this is the perfect time to put them to good use and help our youngest generation.

Books can be dropped off at: Allentown Rescue Mission 355 Hamilton Street, Allentown PA 18101.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Stefanie, Community Relations, at 610-740-5500 x349, or email

Listed below are the schools and organizations that have received books as a result of our community’s generous donations :

Bible Study Fellowship

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays

Central Elementary

Clearview Elementary

Dodd Elementary

Donegan Elementary

Governor Wolf Elementary

Jackson Early Childhood Center

James Buchanan Elementary

Lehigh Parkway Elementary

Lehigh Valley Christian Academy

Lehigh Valley Reads

Ritter Elementary School

Roosevelt Elementary

Sheridan Elementary

Union Terrace Elementary

Washington Elementary