The ELCA Youth Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. The Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children, which means they begin each school year at a disadvantage. To ensure bright futures for all of Houston’s students, book donations are being collected through the Gathering’s Blast Off for Books campaign. Books can be mailed in advance or brought to the Gathering. Learn more and view the list of requested books.