Sharing the joy of books

    (Clockwise, from left) Kiwi Christmas Books Southland organisers Pam Wilson and Barbara Jones gift more than 600 new children's books to Presbyterian Support Southland Family Works staff members Irene Te Koeti, Judith McInerney, Liam Poole, Courtney Forde and Dawn Lloyd at the Southland centre last week.

    HUNDREDS of new children’s books will be given to Southland children through the Kiwi Christmas Books project.

    Begun last year in Auckland by former James Hargest College pupil and television presenter Sonya Wilson, the Donate A Book For Christmas project received more than 1600 books.

    The success was so inspiring, the project was brought south for Christmas by co-organisers Pam Wilson and Barbara Jones, both of Invercargill.

    Picture books, baby books, young readers, young adult, fiction, non-fiction, chapter books and even books with no words… they were all welcomed, Mrs Wilson said.

    Various schools and workplaces throughout Southland, as well as Young Reflections in Tay St, Invercargill, set up collection points, receiving more than 800 new books.

    They were surprised by the amount of donations, but grateful by the generosity of southerners which had overwhelmed them, they said.

    “The donations exceeded our expectations, thanks to the kindness and generosity of Southland folk,” Mrs Wilson said.

    “We also want to acknowledge Young Reflections on Tay St which was also a drop-off point.”

    Of those, 100 were given to the Murihiku Young Parents Centre and more than 700 were handed over to Presbyterian Support Southland Family Works centre in Spey St last week.

    Family Works Southland manager Dawn Lloyd said the books were appreciated and would be wonderful for some of the 1200 families the centre supported.

    “Books expand the mind and it is a wonderful opportunity for our families,” she said.Nike SneakersNike