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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chamber, UJA Federation Launch Children’s Book Drive

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce has launched a children’s holiday book drive along with UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton and Norwalk and Norwalk Community College under the auspices of their joint program, Books2Connect.

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Helping launch the book drive are (l-r) Heather Cavanagh, special projects manager for the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce; Steve Friedlander, executive director of UJA/Federation Westport Weston Wilton Norwalk; Carole Hendrickson, William Raveis Real Estate who generously donated boxes of books, and Dan Miller, director of sales & marketing at The Westport Inn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Books2Connect brings business and service organizations together to provide needy children in Connecticut with books for their own home libraries. The project seeks new and gently used books to distribute to children from infancy through young adulthood, in an effort to build a foundation for life-long learning.

“Although Connecticut is one of the wealthiest states, nearly one out of 10 children lives in poverty and for many families, books are a luxury that they simply cannot afford,” said Heather Cavanagh, special projects manager for the Chamber. “Our partnership with UJA/Federation and NCC is the perfect model to unite our community together to make an impact on the world in which we live.”

During the drive, Westport businesses will serve as drop off points for books. The drive will run through Monday, Dec. 12.  Books2Connect is seeking books for children from infancy through high school. The books should be in good condition, with intact spines and no rips or markings on the pages, organizers said.

Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce members volunteering to serve as drop-off locations include Matsu Sushi, 33 Jesup Road; The Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East; Lux Bond & Green, 136 Main St.,; Sontag Advisors, 5 Sylvan Road; Optical Shop of Westport Inc., 190 Main St. ;People’s United Bank, 371 Post Road East; People’s United Bank, 1800 Post Road East;  People’s United Bank, 1790 Post Road East (in Stop & Shop), and People’s United Bank, 361 Post Road West.

Local real-estate developer Robert Haroun, SIR Development, has donated space to house the project, an announcement said. Volunteers are needed to sort and shelve books and to fill requests from beneficiary organizations.

Kits are available to help individuals and community groups set up book drives. For more information on running a drive, to volunteer or to drop off new or gently used books, contact Stacy Kamisar: (203) 226-8197 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Organizations seeking books for children should visit http://www.books2connect.org and fill out a request form.

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