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Donations sought for holiday book drive through Jan. 1

The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore has partnered with Mercy Health Children’s Hospital, Promedica Toledo Children’s Hospital and the East Toledo Family Center to bring books to local children this holiday season.

The organizations hope to receive at least 1,000 book donations before Jan. 1, all of which will be dispersed through programs and gift baskets. Those interested may purchase books to donate or bring their gently used books to the bookstore.

Not only will the donated books go to deserving Toledo programs, the gifts will have a significant impact on the children who receive them, according to organizers.

“Books are so vital to a child’s development. Parents who spend time reading to their children create nurturing relationships that enhance their child’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development,” said Cindy Pisano, supervisor of the Healthy Connections Department at Mercy Health Children’s Hospital. “For some of these children, it may be the first book they will ever have of their own.”

For more information on the holiday book drive, or to suggest a children’s organization that may benefit from the event, contact Ashley Patrizzi, assistant store manager of the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, at am573@bncollege.com or 419.530.2516.