The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.
The group is collecting brand new, donated books to give to the Salvation Army, which will distribute them to needy children as part of their Angel Tree program.
Businesses, organizations and individuals in Forrest, Lamar, Harrison and Jackson counties may get involved by serving as a book donation location, or by contributing to the initiative financially. The goal of the project is to make sure needy, South Mississippi children ages birth through 12 years old receive a brand new book for Christmas.
Sarah Mangrum with Friends of University Libraries and an assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi is chair of the 2013 Give a Child a New Book Day project. “The Friends of University Libraries are excited to be able to spearhead this initiative for the third year in a row,” said Mangrum. “Reading plays an important role in academic success and through this initiative we have been able to provide new, age appropriate books for thousands of children over the past two years.”
In 2012, Give a Child a New Book Day collected 4,500 books. This year, the project hopes to break that record by receiving 5,500 donated books. “So that every child involved with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is able to have a new book for Christmas,” explained Mangrum.
Beginning November 1st, donation boxes will begin appearing throughout South Mississippi at local businesses and institutions including The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library.
Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett and Deanna Favre are serving as honorary co-chairs for the 2013 campaign.