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Books a special Christmas treat in Nelson

Olindo Chiocca founder of Books for Kids initiative thankfully accepts a generous $400 donation from Cherese Guille of the Nelson and District Credit Union for this year’s fundraising effort.  - photo submitted
Olindo Chiocca founder of Books for Kids initiative thankfully accepts a generous $400 donation from Cherese Guille of the Nelson and District Credit Union for this year’s fundraising effort.
— image credit: photo submitted

In its sixth year, Books for Kids is once again trying to raise funds to help purchase brand new books for children in our community who would otherwise be left without.

The program began in 2007 and over the previous five years has raised enough funds to donate more than 700 brand new books to the Nelson Food Cupboard’s Holiday Hampers. The books are distributed through their Holiday Hampers and are custom purchased for each individual child based on information submitted by recipients of the hamper.

The books are then  wrapped by volunteers and made ready to open on Christmas morning.

Over the years, many businesses and individuals have been a key reason for the success of the programme. The Nelson and District Credit Union has been a generous donator for years, as has the Kootenay Co-op grocery store. Otter Books has been an exceptional help since the programme’s inception by offering a generous discount, as well as advice in getting the right books for each child.

Other individuals, too numerous to mention, have also been vital cogs in getting books in the hands of these kids.

Donations small and large are always welcome and anyone wishing to make a donation should contact Olindo at 250-354-1922. Tax receipts are available for donations of $20 or more.

 

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