SALEM, NH (CBS) â€“ It started with the generosity of a child and itâ€™s going to help hundreds of kids in hurricane ravaged Texas. When Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston, it didnâ€™t spare schools or libraries. So a 6-year-old from Salem, New Hampshire decided to help, with books.
First grader Brooklyn Murray saw what happened in Texas. â€œIt was so bad and people lost a lot of stuff,â€ she says. She wanted to help. â€œWe thought that it would be a good idea to collect books because they lost, like, their houses, their money, their wallets and everything,â€ she says.
She started with her own books. Then word got out. First at her elementary school. â€œAnd the office got pretty full of books,â€ she says.
Then social media kicked in. â€œAnd now we have already a thousand,â€ Brooklyn says.
â€œI think because sheâ€™s 6 and in the first grade where sheâ€™s learning to read, books are important to her. I think that was a way for her to relate, and be able to do something at her level,â€ says Brooklynâ€™s mother Kate Murray.
Kate has connected with a teacher at a Houston elementary school and thatâ€™s where most of the books are going. â€œSome people like to read because they learn how to read stuff, and then theyâ€™ll learn new words and stuff,â€ says Brooklyn.
â€œKids need books. Books are a way to bring back a little normalcy to their lives,â€ Kate Murray says.
The family will continue collecting books for the next couple of weeks. If the pace keeps up, theyâ€™ll not only send books to Houston, but to Florida as well.
If you would like to donate a book to Brooklynâ€™s effort, you can send it to:
P.O. Box 2130
Salem, NH 03079