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Mother of 5's Passing Inspires Husband and Friend to Honor Her Legacy

They turned the tragedy of her death into a literary project thats helped thousands.

When Hindi Krinsky passed away in August 2018 from complications of Crohn's disease, she not only left behind her husband and 5 small children, but also her love of education. Krinsky, who was 32 years old when she died, was an English teacher at Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School in New York and she was well-liked and admired by everyone in the community.

"Hindi was a beautiful, brilliant, and unique woman," her friend Leslie Gang told PEOPLE . "She had the ability to inspire and empower those around her even from a brief conversation. She emanated a tremendous sense of confidence and complete originality that was evident to anyone who encountered her."

With that kind of legacy, it was only natural that her family and loved ones wanted to honor Krinsky's memory. So, her husband, Dovid Kanarfogel, and their children decided to create a few free library boxes to install at the school where she taught. What started as a few boxes of new and gently used books donated by parents and teachers turned into several hundred books - more than enough to fill the community boxes.

After the success of their first collection, Kanarfogel (pictured below) and Gang decided to take the surplus of books and start a non-profit called Hindi's Libraries , where they would collect the books and send them to organizations that work with kids and families in need.

To date, Hindi's Libraries has sent over 40,000 books to organizations around the world. Each book includes a label with a photo of Krinsky and a tribute to her life as a teacher. The tribute includes a quote from one of her former students:

"Dr. Krinsky taught me what it means to love literature, to aim to learn more and be cultured, to be kind and compassionate."

The donations go to a variety of organizations including schools for special needs kids, legal aid societies, homeless shelters and more.

Here's a video of a school in Israel that got a shipment of books from Hindi's Libraries...

"It feels surreal, honestly," Gang said. "To know that we've been able to provide books to children who wouldn't otherwise afford them, or to learn that a NICU at a local hospital has built a library for parents visiting their newborns, it makes the long nights and the book pickups all worth it."

While Kanarfogel and Gang rely on fundraising to cover most of the organization's expenses, they often use their own money to cover shipping costs. They hope to grow the company over time, so they can send books to more places at a quicker pace.

For now, they'll continue to honor Krinsky's legacy by spreading her love of reading and passion for learning to children all over the country and beyond.

To learn more about Hindi's Libraries and find out how you can help, click here .

(Source: images & video Hindi's Libraries Facebook )

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