I was pleased to see this article by Brett Rowland in Friday's Hollister Free Lance, which said that state Senator Jeff Denham started his first-ever "Book Drive For Kids" last week. According to the article, "Denham's spokeswoman, Stacey Hendrickson, said the senator got the idea for a book drive after some recent spring cleaning revealed that he had several books his children used to read." He is asking people to check their homes for extra children's books, and other kid-friendly items like games and toys. Donations will benefit a local nonprofit residential home for abused children called Chamberlain's Children Center. The Chamberlain's director expressed a particular need for books of all kinds. "I can't say enough about books," she said. "From picture books to adult books, it all helps."
What I like about this program is that it gives people the opportunity to do something good for kids. Lots of us have books and games and things around the house that aren't being used. By setting up a program like this, Mr. Denham helps people to get these books and games into the hands of kids who need them. You can read the full article here. Hollister is located about 40 miles south of San Jose, CA.