“Before they built the playroom, Betty Geisler, a volunteer who’s in her 80s now, would just bring a little blanket and some toys and set up a little corner in the waiting room,” Harrington said.
About three years ago, the organization received some funding and was able to build a separate room next to the waiting room. “The Children’s Corner” had tables, chairs, a kitchen, toys, crafts and bookshelves.
The bookshelves will now be stocked with most of the donated books, Harrington said. They’ll also put books out in other areas such as the medical and dental clinic, but the best part is that visiting children will be able to keep the books if they want.
“These kids may not have a lot of books at home,” Harrington said.
Knowing that each child will be able to walk away with something tangible has been the most rewarding part of the project for Meier, who said she’s looking forward to seeing the reaction of the kids Friday.
“Nothing compares to the delight and wonder in the eyes of a child when you read them a story,” she said.
WHAT: Maximum Results Trainings Leadership Academy book donation to Share Our Shelves
WHEN: Noon Friday
WHERE: 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, 92627
INFO: For more information on Share Our Selves, call (949) 642-3451 or go to www.shareourselves.org
SUE THOENSEN may be reached at (714) 966-4627 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.