Gift of Reading project a wonderful effort over the years

With the holiday season just about to start, the Gift of Reading project has begun.

The Gift of Reading is a local effort coordinated by the Marquette-Alger Reading Council. In the project, the public is asked to donate new books which then will be given to needy families and adults at Christmas time and throughout the year.

What a wonderful effort. The council reports that through the years, more than 30,000 books have been donated and shared in Marquette and Alger counties. That is amazing.

The books are also distributed to youth service agencies, public health and dental centers, nursing homes including the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Harbor House, Beacon House, the Women’s Center and many other locations.

For many families, books are a traditional gift during the holiday season, especially for youngsters. For families in need, books are a luxury when money is tight.

To know these donations will put a book into someone’s hand is heartwarming.

MARC has said new books can be dropped off at collection boxes located at the Peter White Public Library and Snowbound Books in Marquette as well as at schools and school libraries in Alger and Marquette counties.

The last day for donations for the holiday season distribution is Dec. 8.

But keep in mind, people may also contribute at any time during the year by sending a check to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette MI 49855.

Call 226-9764 if there are any questions about the project.

As one might imagine, we here at The Mining Journal are huge fans of reading. We are grateful to the Marquette Alger Reading Council for helping those in need be able to know the joy of reading this holiday season and all year round.