The Tri-Village Lions Club approached Children’s Hunger Alliance in June about having a book give-away called “Christmas in July” for children at our sites. As most of our sites are in areas with low parent participation, I didn’t know how warmly the children would receive this gesture, but it was a huge success and I was completely moved by how enthusiastic children were to receive books.
The Club visited four sites total, one site every Friday for the last four weeks. They brought heaps of children and chapter books and allowed children to pick one book for themselves and another to give as a gift, which was then wrapped and adorned with a candy cane.
The children were wildly excited about this whole idea! They nearly emptied the book collection each week. At one site, there were less kids than anticipated, so the children were allowed to take as many books as they would like, and they took full advantage! I was overwhelmed to see them excited to read.
I can’t thank the wonderful people of the Tri-Village Lions Club enough for bringing these smiles and enduring gifts to children I have gotten to know this summer. The members are very giving people, and I hope to be in contact with them in the future!