I was shocked this morning to hear that a Tennessee post office is shredding undeliverable children's books. These books are a part of the Dolly Parton Books From Birth program. 

It is my understanding the Clarksville, Tennessee post office had made an agreement to hold these undeliverable books until a volunteer from the Nashville based organization could come pick them up. Now the organization has learned that the post office has been shredding them instead of holding them. They are shredding around 70 Books From Birth books a month! 

Why? Why? Why? According to a BFB representative, the post office is trying to reduce cost and increase revenue. This just makes no sense to me. These unclaimed books could easily be donated to libraries, or children's hospitals like St. Jude or Lebonheur. 

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February 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Why? Because they are thoughtless and lazy. That makes me sad :(

March 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

That is nuts! How in the world can they say that shredding the books reduces cost and increases revenue. The only thing the books do is take up one or two bins in their back room. If I were the organization I would demand reimbursment for the lost books whether in repayment of the funds for the books, or volunteerism on the part of the post office or something. I would also send a volunteer in at least once a week to ensure that all the books are picked up in a timely manner.

March 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I believe there is fault on both sides of this story. The foundation should have been picking up the books on a regular basis, and the post office shouldn't have shredded them when they weren't. It's a very sad situation because these book are now gone. They weren't put into the hands of a child, but instead were fed to a shredder.

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