Zach's Planet Packs and Postage

Hi! I'm Zach from Zach's Planet.  I'm a typical kid who loves lizards, mud and saving the planet!  I've collected more than 65,000 used books and given them to schools and shipped them to Little Free Libraries in all 50 states!  I get tons of requests for books all the time. 

I also set up book distributions at local schools.  I give away Zach's Packs to the kids along with lots of free books.  I learned a lot of these kids get moved around a lot and they needed a safe place to keep their books.  Most of the kids I meet are picking out books for the first time to own!  It's exciting to help them and know that kids who own books do better in school!  

I set up this GoFundMe to raise money to buy Zach's packs for my next delivery and also to help me pay for postage to ship books to all 50 states.  It's kind of expensive shipping books all over the country.  But everyone needs them and I know I can help! 

I also take used stuffed animals and upcycle them to make them into new, safe, toys for animals in shelters.  I've shipped to more than 20 states! 

Find out more about me below.  I recently won the Action For Nature Eco Hero Award!  And thank you for your help!!

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Zach was 7 years old when his parents asked him to start taking out the trash. “I realized we only got one trash day for recycling items and actually two pickups a week for regular trash. I wondered where all of our trash would go,” says Zach. In 2017, he launched a service project called Zach’s Planet to fulfill his mission to help the planet and his community. 

Researching areas where he could best help, Zach was alarmed to learn that 300 million books are discarded into landfills each year, and that a lot of parents throw away stuffed animals that their kids have outgrown, because many resale shops don’t accept them. He began organizing collection drives, and so far he’s succeeded in keeping 40,000 pounds of used items out of landfills, and saving 2,600 trees by promoting reuse of books.

Zach has collected 65,000 books, distributing them to Little Free Libraries in all 50 states, as well as to 15,000 students through a partnership with his county’s public school system. His most impactful delivery was to Robert E. Lee Elementary, a Title 1 school in Tampa that had been destroyed by fire. Zach helped collect, sort, and deliver over 1,000 books for classrooms in their new location. He has also collected 2,500 stuffed animals, donating them through Glad Dog’s Nation to animal shelters and rescues in 19 states. 

Zach recruited members of his Cub Scout pack, martial arts studio, and Humane Society Kids Club to help collect and distribute the stuffed animals and books. He has set up a website, YouTube channel, and blog as a way of sharing his ideas with other kids. He’s also sold bracelets for ocean conservation and donated proceeds to Ocean Conservancy and 4Ocean.

Zach’s efforts of kindness were featured in Woman's Day Magazine and recognized by his district Boy Scout office. He also won the EPA's 2019 President's Environmental Youth Award representing Region 4.
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Organizer

Kim Parrish 
Organizer
Tampa, FL
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