When facing days, weeks, months and sometimes years of detention, some level of depression and boredom is experienced by all detained immigrants. The book drive was originally created by Tacoma Community House to alleviate these and other negative feelings by addressing the needs of detainees to read books and magazines in their own language.Spanish is the largest single language group of detainees, but other groups include Cambodian, Chinese, Indian/Punjabi, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian. Other languages, including English, are also welcome. Books (paperbacks only) and magazines should be written for adults as there are no juveniles or families detained in the Northwest facility.
Books should be inspirational and entertaining. Books with content that could be considered pornographic or politically incendiary or have any personal identification (names, addresses, etc.) will not be accepted by the NWDC staff. Donations should be brought to the AID NW office at the First United Methodist Church of Tacoma where a team of volunteers meet each month to screen the donations and to deliver them to the detention center. For additional information, please contact the please the AID NW Program Administrator at (253) 572-9659 or firstname.lastname@example.org