SONYA Wilson had an epiphany.
As with the best epiphanies, it took place about three in the morning, she said.
Books… good books… the books from childhood which opened up new worlds, those which took a reader on an adventure and introduced them to various characters.
But the epiphany wasn’t just about books, it was about giving books away for Christmas.
Firstly she thought, books would be an ideal present for her family.
Then the thought morphed. She could also give books to children who didn’t have books.
“It would be my Christmas good deed.
“Not second-hand books,” she thought… “new books.”
So she asked for books.
The result than 1600 books, donated by authors and publishers, and the public.
A former James Hargest pupil and television presenter, Ms Wilson began the Donate A Book For Christmas project last year in Auckland.
Now it has been taken nationwide, local co-organiser Barbara Jones said.
Picture books, baby books, young readers, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, even books with no words… they would all be welcome, Mrs Jones said.
“It is about donating new books to kids who don’t have books…. children that might be having a tough time over Christmas.
“Many may never have been given a brand new book before.”
Several schools were already collecting books for the cause, she said.
“We would love other schools and workplaces to also be involved and be a collection point… we have posters, collections boxes and can collect the books.
“Please choose a book by a New Zealand writer or illustrator if you can, so we can support local authors, publishers and booksellers too.”
All the books donated n Invercargill would go to Family Works Southland and Murihiku Young Parents’ Learning Centre to distribute them as Christmas presents, she said.
Donation books could be dropped off at Young Reflections, 13 Tay St, Invercargill, by Monday, December 14.
- For more information, phone Pam Wilson on 21 211 8266.