Maria Keller loves to read—and she’s determined to share that love with everyone around her. The 13-year-old bookworm founded the nonprofit Read Indeed five years ago with the goal of delivering 1 million books to low-income children before she turned 18. At the halfway point, the organization has already exceeded her ambition, donating 1,032,067 books worth roughly $4 million.
Read Indeed collects donations through book drives and drop-offs offs at the organization’s Plymouth, Minnesota, warehouse, and the books are delivered to schools, hospitals, community centers and churches, according to Women You Should Know. Some of Keller’s favorite books include The Giver, The Help, Hatchet, Treasure Island, Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and the Harry Potter series. “I love the fact it can kind of take you anywhere and you don’t think about the life outside of reading,” she told MyFox9.
Keller’s next goal is to deliver books to all 50 states and to every country in the world. “You are never too young or too old to make a difference,” she said.