The St. Bernards Foundation has received a gift of children’s books thanks to the generosity of customers of the Barnes & Noble store at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, conducts a Holiday Book Drive through its stores in the U.S., giving customers who purchase children’s books as gifts opportunity also to purchase books for needy children.
Those books are designated for charities – a total of 650 different groups throughout the country – with each store designating the recipient of books collected in its book drive. Books go to a wide variety of charities, schools, libraries and social organizations following the drive which begins on Nov. 1 of each year and extends through December.
The local store chose St. Bernards as recipient of the 2014 book drive, says Christopher Clark, community business development manager at the store at 3000 East Highland at The Mall at Turtle Creek.
He recently presented nearly 2,000 children’s books collected during the program to Marilyn Hummelstein, president of the St. Bernards Foundation.
Hummelstein says that the books will be used at the medical center. Some will be distributed to youngsters through the emergency department. Some will be used for patients in pediatrics. And some will be used for “big brothers” and “big sisters” in families that have babies born at St. Bernards.
The books are sure to help keep children occupied and make hospital visits a little easier on parents, Hummelstein says.
Nationally, Barnes & Nobel collected about 1.5 million books in 2014 as the firm continued a program of more than 20 years’ standing.
The value of the local gift in approximately $8,000.