Great Nanaimo Toy Drive trying to get an early start on collecting books for Christmas

Toy drive organizers put out call for donations

Piper, left, and Page Hilland read together, and hope the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive will receive book donations so that hundreds of children will have new books to read this Christmas. (Photo submitted)

Piper, left, and Page Hilland read together, and hope the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive will receive book donations so that hundreds of children will have new books to read this Christmas. (Photo submitted)

Organizers of the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive hope children will be able to curl up with a good book over the Christmas holidays this year.

The annual charity drive was able to provide toys, books and other gifts for 1,000 children last year and said in a press release last week that “as we begin to plan for the 2021 toy drive, we know we need a lot of books.”

Toy drive organizers know many of Nanaimo’s book lovers are members of book clubs, so they’ve decided to specifically challenge book club members to donate books to the toy drive starting next month.

“We are seeking all kinds of new books: board books, picture books, chapter books, teen books, fiction and non-fiction. You could donate something you liked as a child, or something you think you might have liked,” noted the release. “Your donation might be the book that turns a child into a reader. What a life-long gift that would be.”

The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive asks people to set aside any books they buy to donate to the campaign, and then carefully place the books in toy drive drop-off boxes starting in late November once the drive starts.

The toy drive helps ensure underprivileged children have something under the tree each Christmas. More information about the drive and how to donate and register will be posted at http://thegreatnanaimotoydrive.ca and at www.facebook.com/thegreatnanaimotoydrive over the coming weeks.

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