South Carolina United Methodists Sponsor “Million Book Effort”


United Methodists from across York, Chester, Lancaster, and Kershaw counties will gather this month to collect and sort books as part of the South Carolina Annual Conference’s “Million Book Effort.”

The initiative, led by South Carolina Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, seeks to collect one million new, age-appropriate books for preschool and elementary school children throughout the state by June 3, 2014. On Saturday, May 31, Rock Hill District Methodists will gather at the Rock Hill Galleria Mall to sort books, apply stickers, and package books for children within the four-county area. The district goal is 83,500 books.

The public is invited to serve during one of four two-hour shifts. Participants may sign up online at New, age-appropriate children’s books or financial donations toward the Million Book Effort may be dropped off at any area United Methodist Church.

The Million Book Effort will identify school districts, agencies, and literacy and children’s programs to receive the books. To request books for your organization, please visit and fill out the form.  Books collected in the Rock Hill District will be distributed locally to organizations in York, Chester, Lancaster, and Kershaw counties. By equipping children with the tools they need to grow into educated adults, the Million Book Effort hopes to improve literacy and reduce poverty across South Carolina.

ABOUT THE SCUMC ROCK HILL DISTRICT: The Rock Hill District of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church serves 70 churches throughout York, Chester, Lancaster, and Kershaw counties. For more information on the Rock Hill District, visit


For more information on the Million Book Effort in Rock Hill or to schedule an interview, contact Lollie Haselden at the Rock Hill United Methodist District Office (803-328-0218 or or visit