Book drive on for Christmas hampers

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Children's books are stacked in the home of IMAGINATIONink's Patricia Weaver Blonde, whose granddaughter Jamie Lynn, pictured, enjoys looking at. The books are collected to go into the Christmas hampers of organizations that pack Christmas gift boxes.
Children’s books are stacked in the home of IMAGINATIONink’s Patricia Weaver Blonde, whose granddaughter Jamie Lynn, pictured, enjoys looking at. The books are collected to go into the Christmas hampers of organizations that pack Christmas gift boxes.

Books for Children, a program run by IMAGINATIONink since 2000, is gearing up for this holiday season and needs gently used books.

Each year, organizers hold a book drive for new and gently used books to add to the Christmas hampers given out by organizations such as the Salvation Army and Chatham Goodfellows.

Patricia Weaver Blonde of IMAGINATIONink said books are donated or purchased, then sorted and delivered to the various organizations that pack the gift boxes. Cash donations are used to purchase new books at half price from the publishers.

Books are then delivered to the Wallaceburg Salvation Army, Dresden Legion, Thamesville Sertoma, Ridgetown Salvation Army, Blenheim Ministerial Association, Merlin Legion, Tilbury Help Centre and Chatham Goodfellows.

Anyone who would like further information or to donate books can contact Evelyn at 519-360-9631 or Patricia at 519-676-8140.

IMAGINATIONink is a program dedicated to promoting literacy in Chatham-Kent and also runs a Creative Writing drop-in group from the Chatham branch of the library every Wednesday.

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