Thousands of books have been given to children around the world in memory of a Jewish mother from New York who died last year, People magazine reported.

Hindi Krinsky, an English teacher at Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School in Lawrence, N.Y., died at age 32 of complications from Crohn’s disease in August 2018. She left behind a husband, Dovid Kanarfogel, 35, and five children, including a set of triplets.

Following her death, Kanarfogel and Krinsky’s friend Leslie Gang built a community library for the triplets at their school and asked local parents to donate a book to place in it. Within weeks, the library had 250 books and counting.

The pair then decided to start the nonprofit Hindi’s Libraries to donate new and gently used children’s books to 300 organizations throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Israel. They have since collected and donated more than 40,000 books.

The organization Gang and Kanarfogel run with the help of volunteers depends on fundraising to manage the expense of shipping books each month.

“Hindi empowered those around her: students, friends, colleagues and family,” Gang told People. “By using her passion and drive as fuel, together we are putting smiles on the faces of thousands of children throughout the world by giving them the gift of literacy, and I hope Hindi would be proud of that.”

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