(Posted June 28, 2019)
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
Residents, teachers and friends Stephanie Huddleston and Kelly Armfelt are working to ensure that area children in need receive the gift of a new book this summer.
“I was lying in bed one night and the idea to combine new books with the summer lunch program just popped into my head,” Huddleston said.
Huddleston is a volunteer and supporter of the Sufficient Grace outreach program, which provides non-perishable food items to school-age children in area public schools.
A chance meeting and quick sidewalk conversation with Huddleston at the London Public Library inspired Armfelt, a summer lunch program and H.E.L.P. House volunteer, to get involved. Both women are passionate about the power of putting new books into the hands of children who typically don’t have access to new books or the option of choosing “just right” books for themselves.
With the support of area churches, businesses and service organizations, Huddleston and Armfelt have set a goal of collecting 300 new books.
Book collection sites include London Public Library, Cappy’s Pizza, Phat Daddy’s, Madison County Vineyard, London Church of the Nazarene, St. Patrick Church, First Presbyterian Church of London, and Madison County Department of Job and Family Services. Additional collection sites will be added. New chapter and picture books for children in grades 1-3 (ages 6-10) will be collected at these sites until July 19.
Volunteers will distribute the books to children attending the summer lunch program, spearheaded by Madison County Vineyard, the week of July 22.
For more information, contact Stephanie Huddleston at (740) 506-0012 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelly Armfelt at (740) 837-0440 or email@example.com.