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Posted: December 1, 2013

Put a Book Under Every Tree

By Melba Hanson

This year marks the fourth year that Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) has partnered with the Salvation Army and Sunrise Rotary’s Christmas Angel and the citizens of Cranbrook to provide gift-quality books for children, teens and adults for Christmas.

ABookUnderEveryTreeNearly 400 children received books last year through this program. Collection boxes for new or gently-used books are located at the Cranbrook Public Library, Lotus Books, The Key City Theatre, Christ Church Anglican, Falkins Insurance, Christ the Servant and the Alliance Church.

Books are collected until Dec 14 then sorted and bagged in specially made draw-string bags and then given to the families collecting Christmas hampers or gifts through the Angel Tree program. Volunteers have already made over 300 bags and now we need volunteers to help sort and bag the books.

Cranbrook has been generous in the past and we know that the need continues with the expected number of children receiving books to be over 400. Please be sure that the books are good enough to be given as gifts (no marks, names, torn pages etc.) as they are intended as gifts.

We also invite the parents and other adults receiving hampers to choose a book as a Christmas gift from the community when they pick up their hampers. Anyone wishing to volunteer please call Anna Jordan, Assistant Community Literacy Coordinator, 250-581-2112 or [email protected]

Photo: It’s that time again for A Book Under Every Tree! (left) Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) assistant coordinator Anna Jordan, Captain Linda Green of The Salvation Army, Head Librarian Ursula Brigl and CBAL Literacy Coordinator for Cranbrook Katherine Hough and Sunrise Rotary Club Angel Tree Coordinator Allan Davis (seated) invite everyone to donate gift-quality books.

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