Milwaukee police officers “Stuff the Squad”

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MILWAUKEE -- Community members pitched in to donate books for children. Milwaukee police officers went to various Wendy's locations in Milwaukee, where bins were set up for people to donate books.

"I think it's very important in the community, that we're able to give books to the kids that maybe can't afford to have them," Wendy's manager James Standberry said.

The Milwaukee Police Department says District 3 officers hosted "Stuff the Squad." The books will go to the Next Door Foundation, and the organization will distribute the books to children in the community.

The Next Door Foundation has a program called "Books for Kids" that helps children get the books they need, while improving literacy skills. "Statistics show that children in economically deprived neighborhoods only have one to two age-appropriate books. Getting books into the hands of kids and really promoting literacy is the one thing we can do to really push education," Milwaukee Police Lt. Aimee Obregon said.

Officials say the book drive at Wendy's has collected about 5,000 books this month. Organizers say it has been a bigger success than they ever anticipated.

The book drive runs through the end of March. People who donate a book can get a free junior Frosty at participating Wendy's locations.

CLICK HERE for details and a list of participating Wendy's locations.