Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) is partnering with two social agencies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to further the joy of literacy through a new holiday book drive, “Addie’s Books for Children.”
The Assemblywoman is encouraging people to donate new and gently used books for children up to twelve years old. “I know children enjoy reading or having someone read to them. It is not only fun, but it is a positive activity,” she said. “Let’s put a book in every child’s hands this holiday. I encourage everyone to help by donating a book.”
Boxes have been placed in two locations: In Jefferson County at the Salmon Run Mall in conjunction with the Community Action Planning Council’s Angel Tree, and in St. Lawrence County at the Kinney Drugs in Canton in conjunction with the Church and Community Program. CAPC and the Church and Community Program will distribute the donated books to children and families in their respective counties.
The age target for books is up to 12 years. Assemblywoman Russell said, “Please consider donating a new or gently used children’s book as a gift.” She continued, “Reading, and being read to, is really fun. Let’s put a book in every kid’s hand this holiday.”
Sheri Wilcox leads the Church and Community program in Canton. She indicated, “I’m looking forward to this partnership with our Assemblywoman. I think the kids will love it.”
Melinda Gault the Executive director of the Watertown CAPC said, “We really welcome the idea of collecting and distributing children’s books to our client families this holiday season. Books coupled with toys are a fine, festive combination.”
Books can be dropped off at either location until Friday, December 11th in both counties.