St. Charles Parish’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will collect donated children’s books as part of its MLK Book Drive throughout the month of January.
RSVP Director Jeanne Arabie said at the end of the annual book drive the books will be distributed to a local public school.
“Once we go through them we contact the schools,” she said of the collected books. “Last year we gave them to St. Rose Elementary. We cycle through the parish schools. I know St. Rose gave each child a book to bring home. The year before we gave the books to Luling Elementary and they put them in their library for everyone to enjoy. It just depends on the school.”
Arabie said between 700-1,000 books are usually donated each year, but that she is somewhat worried about what this year’s collection will be.
“This year with Ida hitting our area hard, we need to help the children out with more books than ever,” said. “A lot of the books that would have been donated to us were lost in the hurricane, so we are desperately asking for everyone to be generous this year to help the children.”
Any genre and reading level of children’s books are appreciated, Arabie said, and the books can be dropped off at the RVSP office in side the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, located at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy. in Luling.