Library collecting books for soldiers | Events | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 7, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 4, 2017 at 10:41 am
Calling on all of Colleton County … The Department of Defense needs you! For what? For books!
The Colleton County Memorial Library Young Adult Library Lovers (Y.A.L.L.) is planning a project for the month of October and the first week of November called “Operation Hook-A-Book.”
Donations of new or gently used paperback novels and bags of hard candy are being accepted from now until November 17. These paperbacks and candy will be Christmas presents given to American soldiers stationed overseas. The boxes will be packed by teens at the library, and then will be mailed on November 20, thanks to generous donations. For some of the soldiers, this will be their only gift.
“Many soldiers request reading material to take their minds off the conflict raging around them. These paperbacks represent home and a brief escape from the constant danger they face. It’s so little, and yet it means so much to them,” said Vicki Brown, library teen services coordinator.
Those would like to help, can do one or more of the following:
1) Purchase a bag of hard candy (no chocolate…it will melt).
2) Pick up a new paperback the next time you are at the store, or bring one from your bookshelves at home (no war or romance novels, please).
3) Write a soldier a letter or prepare a Christmas card.
4) Put the item/s in a bag and bring it to the library. Let the library staff know that it is for “Operation Hook-A-Book.”
5) Make a monetary donation to mail a box. Each box costs $12.50 to mail.
“That is all there is to creating a little Christmas joy. We are asking for schools, law enforcement, fire departments, scouts, community groups, and citizens to help us with this endeavor by contributing in honor of your departments. While our nation’s soldiers fight over there to keep us safe over here, why can’t we do a little something to show our appreciation for their sacrifices,” said Brown. “Please participate in this project with us.”
For more information on “Operation Hook-A-Book,” contact Vicki Brown at 843-543-5621, extension 3.