Taree North Rotary Club is helping underprivileged people one book at a time.
The club is heavily involved in Rotary Australia's Donations in Kind initiative where disposed goods, such as books, desks, chairs, linen and medical equipment, are collected and distributed overseas.
The focus of Taree North Rotarians is literacy so naturally members collect books to transport to areas such as Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and other Pacific islands.
While the club sells secondhand books at Taree Hub markets every third Saturday of the month, some are packed into boxes ready for distribution. The surplus of books arrive each week from residents, local schools and Taree Library.
From adult fiction to high school texts, there's something for everyone.
Taree North Rotary Club's Bob Nelson said the generous response from the community is overwhelming.
"We get all kinds of books sent to us- it's amazing what comes in," Mr Nelson said.
"I want to thank the town, schools and Taree Library for supporting Donations in Kind."
Mr Nelson revealed 60 containers worth of books were transported from Taree last year. That equates to about 40,000 books.
Jim Pearson Transport handles the initial heavy lifting and transport for the club.
"They have been doing that for about two years," Mr Nelson said.
Mr Nelson has seen firsthand what difference the initiative makes to international communities.
He was part of a Rotary project in Papua New Guinea a few years ago and saw how some students had no books or stationery.
"We can see a lot is happening for these schools," Mr Nelson said.
The club's love of literacy continues throughout the year. The Monster Easter Book Fair is a staple of the April holidays and doubles as a fund raiser for the club.