Monday, December 19, 2011
Children's books, appropriate for ages 5 to 18, are currently being sought by the Sunnyside High School Key Club.
What makes this holiday book drive unique is that all the books will be delivered to youngsters who are battling cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital.
The Key Club operates under the auspice of the Kiwanis Club. As such, this special project being undertaken by SHS Key Club members falls under the umbrella of the Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program.
"Our goal is to collect 500 books," said SHS Key Club President Angelita Rodriguez. She said new books, not used ones, are sought from community members.
Because the high school will be shuttered soon for the holiday break, collection boxes have been set up at the Daily Sun News and at Guerra's Coffee Co. in Sunnyside. Donations of books can be dropped off at the high school's main office now through this coming Wednesday, though, and after school resumes in early January.
Rodriguez said the Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program, specifically the book drives that are held for children, got its beginnings in the mid-1960s.
"It was inspired by a little girl in Oregon, named Penny, who went through and lost her life to cancer," said Rodriguez.
The SHS Key Club president said local students are making a public plea to community residents to purchase a new book and donate it to their cause, to help brighten the life of a child who is currently battling cancer.
Rodriguez said anyone requiring more information about the book drive can contact her at 509-305-9286.