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Oct. 8, 2004

'Tis the Season, Donate a Kid's Book

In the essence of the holiday season, students at UW-River Falls have organized drop boxes at the River Falls Public Library and UW-River Falls Chalmer Davee Library to gather a variety of children’s books for local charities. Drop boxes will be available from Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 21.

Books for Kids is a nonprofit, volunteer program founded by six UW-RF students who hope to share the joy of reading and education with children from the surrounding communities.

Sarah Powers, UW-RF senior and co-founder of Books for Kids, says, " I think the campaign will be beneficial, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the results. I’m excited to participate in the experience and help out the children."

Books for Kids will accept new and gently used children’s books for all ages up to 18 years old. Anything from Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter will be greatly appreciated and enthusiastically received.

Molly Exner, UW-RF senior and co-founder of Books for Kids, says, "Without reading and education in my life, I would’ve never been motivated to go to college. I believe giving children the gift to read and to image the impossible is the key to accomplishing their dreams."

The donated books will be distributed to local holiday charities and a portion of the books donated will be gifted to children admitted at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

There are plenty of outlets willing to accept the children’s books and plenty of children ready to explore the magical world of reading. Donate a book at one of the local drop boxes and help spread the gift of reading to children during this holiday season.


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