Charity sends over 27,000 books to NICU services

GLENS FALLS, NY (NEWS10) – A charity that sends thousands of children’s books to neonatal intensive care units at New York hospitals has just received its final numbers. This year, Glens Falls-based Project: Cameron’s Story did well with kids.

On Monday, Project: Cameron’s Story announced 27,158 books raised during this year’s book drive, the charity’s annual event in February. The total tops last year by nearly 2,000 books, all of which will end up in the hands of parents going through incredibly difficult times caring for prematurely born children. Donors purchased books online through an Amazon wishlist.

“This is AMAZING,” Project: Cameron’s Story founder Sara Quartiers wrote on Monday. “So many babies and their families will benefit from the generosity of all of you. We simply couldn’t do it without your help! Thank you!”

These books will be distributed to 15 hospitals across New York State, ranging from Albany and Glens Falls to Buffalo and parts of New York. These books will go to parents whose children were born prematurely and who they cannot bond with through physical contact due to intensive care or various other complications. The project is named after Quartiers’ own deceased son, Cameron, whom she read to after he was born 16 weeks earlier.

Last year’s Project: Cameron’s Story was the first since COVID-19, after the 2020 fundraiser missed the start of the pandemic by weeks. After fears of a dip below 23,000 books raised in 2020, 2021 fundraising has risen to around 24,000. A list of 105 New York workplace and office fundraising sites encourages donors to choose books on the list and to buy them for the cause. In previous years, Barnes & Noble stores hosted collection sites, where customers could buy books on site for the cause.

All of these books are sent to the charity’s headquarters in Glens Falls for distribution. Quartiers says even numbers in the 20k don’t cover all premature births. The charity’s biggest beneficiary is Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, which alone sees more than 1,300 premature births a year.