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About Lexie's Drive

Lexie's Drive


My name is Lexie Ziolkowski and I am a student at Purdue University. Eleven years ago (while up way past my bedtime) I decided to start collecting books for kids who weren’t as fortunate to have books of their own to read. I dragged a blanket full of my own books into my parent’s bedroom at 11:00 at night, and my first book drive began. It has since expanded into helping those in need in any way I can. I had no idea what my blanket full of books would lead to. Since that night, with the generous support of my community, I have collected and delivered 20,000 books, more than 550 prom dresses, and over $14,000 in gift cards for kids in need. 

Book Drives


We brought happiness to so many children with over 20,000 books. Since I'm unable to collect books while away at school, I highly recommend donating any gently used children's books to Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

Disaster Relief


Not every drive is planned in advance. When people need help, we can make a difference. Our efforts have included deliveries of books, clothing, and supplies to communities like Joplin, MO and Harrisburg, IL after tornadoes.