The St. Charles Parish Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will be collecting donated children’s books as part of its MLK Book Drive throughout January.
RSVP principal Jeanne Arabia said that at the end of the annual book drive, the books will be distributed to a local public school.
“Once we have gone through them, we contact the schools,” she said of the books collected. “Last year we donated them to St. Rose Elementary School. We cycle to parish schools. I know that Saint Rose gave each child a book to take home. The year before we donated the books to Luling Elementary and they put them in their library for everyone to enjoy. It depends on the school.
Arabia said between 700 and 1,000 books are typically donated each year, but she is somewhat concerned about what this year’s collection will be.
“This year, with Ida hitting our region hard, we need to help children with more books than ever before,” said. “Many of the books that would have been given to us were lost in the hurricane, so we desperately ask everyone to be generous this year in helping the children.”
All genres and reading levels of children’s books are appreciated, Arabia said, and the books can be dropped off at the RVSP office next to the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, located at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy. in Luling.