The History of The Camarda Bookcase
The Camarda Bookcase was founded in 2007 by two brothers,
Michael and Nick Camarda, who wanted to promote literacy and make holidays special
for underprivileged children in Orange County. It has grown dramatically since it's founding in 2007.
Countless volunteers have helped collect, sort, catalog, gift‑wrap and distribute books to
Initially, only books for children ranging in age from infant through teens were
accepted as donations. Now, all types of books are accepted including books for adults.
Books were initially distributed only during the holiday season but are now distributed throughout the year.
Many Southern California organizations have benefitted from the success we have experienced
at The Camarda Bookcase:
- The Santa Ana Police and the California State Park Rangers were given gift‑wrapped
books to distribute during their patrols.
- Gift‑wrapped children books were donated to the Santa Ana's El Salvador Community Center
for their holiday parties.
- Books donated to John Raya's
TKO (Turn Kids On) Youth Boxing Club
in Santa Ana were used to create an afterschool program's library.
- Children books were donated to
The Path of Hope Foundation
in Fountain Valley for their holiday party and a resource library.
- Books on the subject of horses were donated to a newly created
library at the
J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center
in San Juan Capistrano.
- Books for adults were donated to the Camp Pendleton Marine Base
to be use to raise money for the wounded soldiers and their families.
- Donated parenting and self help books created a library for
in Mission Viejo,
the only comprehensive domestic violence shelter in Orange County.
- Partnered with
National Charity League
where the NCL provided children books to
Operation Help A Hero's
Operation Bedtime Stories (OHHOBS).
Operation Bedtime Stories coordinates video recordings with copies of children books to deploying units.
These recordings provide an opportunity for deploying service members to record themselves reading
bedtime stories to their children right before deploying.
- Books donated to
Dr. Olga Mohan High School
were added to the school's library.