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Volunteering for kids' literacy

Share Our Selves to host book donation as part of workers’ goal to boost literacy among children from the community.

April 09, 2008|By Sue Thoensen

The remaining 2,500 books will be delivered to Share Our Selves by May 10. Team members will bring more than 700 of the 1,169 books they have already collected to Share Our Selves on Friday.

The Share Our Selves Children’s Corner is a playroom where kids can read stories, do crafts and play games while their parents are waiting for help.

Karen Harrington, Share Our Selves’ development director, said the book donation was a very nice surprise. Most of the books will be kept in the Children’s Corner, which several years ago was nothing more than a small area in the facility’s waiting room.

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“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 sue.thoensen@latimes.com.

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