Campaign aims to provide books for children inside holiday hampers

A book under every tree

This holiday season a local partnership aims to put a book under every tree for the children of Holiday Hamper recipients.

Books can open whole worlds — as long as you have one. This holiday season a local partnership aims to put a book under every tree for the children of Holiday Hamper recipients.

Holiday Hampers are distributed annually by the Nelson Food Cupboard to more than 500 people working hard to make ends meet, including 150 children.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, the Nelson Public Library, and the Nelson Star have teamed up to see a book included for every child aged 0 to 15 years by requesting donations of books that are new or in new condition.

“This is a great initiative,” said Teen and Literacy Services Coordinator Joanne Harris.

“Every child should receive the gift of reading, now and throughout the year.”

Donations should be unwrapped and may be dropped in dedicated boxes located at the Nelson Library, the Nelson Star newspaper at 514 Hall Street, or the Learning Place behind City Hall from now until Thursday, December 11.