father and daughter in Chicago started a charity in 2009 called Books 4 Cause

August 25, 2020
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A father and daughter in Chicago started a charity in 2009 called Books 4 Cause that takes used books and gives them out for free.  After the pandemic hit, they started taking vacant stores and turning them into bookstores, where anyone can go get a book without paying a dime.

Mayana Lifchitz, 19, and her father, Yosef, started "Books 4 Cause" in 2009 after seeing textbooks thrown away after just one year of use. 

Since then, hundreds of thousands of books have been donated to the cause, which now fills 110 libraries in Africa. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, they knew the need would grow here too. 

The father of five opened a free library in Avondale on North Milwaukee Avenue. With 1,000 books inside, every book is completely free.

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