Books are also placed in the Little Free Library that’s outside Westwood’s main entrance.
“MVUUF not only provides popular children’s books; they also place an emphasis on books featuring diverse characters, positive messages and role models,” explains Steel.” The goal is to ensure all the kids have access to high quality books with characters and stories they can relate to.”
Last year when we shared info about the collection in the newspaper, readers really came through. “I got donations from individuals adding up to hundreds of books,” said Steel. “One Springboro teacher saw the Make a Difference column and brought eight boxes of books to my house!”
When members of the League of Women Voters read the newspaper article, they decided to have their own book drive and collected hundreds of books for Westwood. “We did a joint end-of-school drop-off to the principal at Westwood,” Steel adds.
Here’s what they need:
- New and gently used books for children ages 4-12.
- Early readers
- Chapter books
- Picture books
You can drop books off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays at the school, 2805 Oakridge Drive in Dayton.
Another option is to take books between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays or Fridays to Steel at his home, 810 Warrington Pl., in the Patterson Park neighborhood (Southeast off Patterson and Shroyer). For additional questions or to arrange pick-up or different drop-offs, contact Steel at 937-304-4087.
“No donation is too small,” says Steel.” The fellowship will also accept monetary donations to purchase books. To donate online, go to the following website and scroll down to the slot to donate for the Westwood/Wesley Book Drive: https://secure.myvanco.com/L-Z3S8 or mail a check made out to MVUUF and with “book drive” in the memo line to: MVUUF, 8690 Yankee St., Washington Township, OH 45458.
According to Steel, several other Dayton elementary schools — including Edison and Cleveland — also have Little Libraries. You might want to give them a call to see if they’d also welcome book donations.
Need hand sanitizer? Plastic tableware?
“Our company has approximately 500 eight-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer that are available for donation; these are 75 percent ethyl alcohol and have an expiration date of 3/2022,” writes one of our readers. He says because ethyl alcohol does not degrade it should be fine for ordinary use.
We’ve also gotten a note from an individual who has been saving plastic tableware that’s still in unopened packages and would like to know of a worthy cause that might use them.
If you’re a non-profit that can use either of these items, please let me know.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Meredith Moss writes about Dayton-area nonprofit organizations and their specific needs. If your group has a wish list it would like to share with our readers, contact Meredith: email@example.com.
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