Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton receives more than 250 books for drive so far

Books donated for the Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton book drive
Books donated for the Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton book drive(Kayla Madison)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 12:34 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- Participating of The National Christ Child Society’s 2021 National Day of Service by collecting 100,000 new or gently used books for children is Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton.

The National Day of Service book drive is happening during the week of Oct. 25 to 29 with five drop-off location participants.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., books can be dropped off at four Broome County catholic schools: All Saints in Endicott, Saint James in Johnson City, Saint Johns and Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton.

The fifth drop-off location is at Pete’s Legacy Diner in Vestal from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton is partnering with 44 other chapters around the country for the biggest book drive in their organization’s history. The goal is to collect 100,000 books and funds in communities across the country.

12 News met with Executive Director Rebecca Smayda from Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton, who is an advocate for children’s wellbeing as well as the importance of learning how to read.

According to Smayda, 61% of low-income families do not have a book for children to read in their homes.

Christ Child Society of Greater Binghamton also partnered with the Parents As Leaders Resource Center (PALS), where the book donations will be given out to families in need.

The response of the book drive was “overwhelming” with over 250 books on the first day, said Smayda.

“I think with reading some books, it opens up the imagination of some kids and it’s just amazing to see with children, the imaginations going with just a book that they’ve read and they are acting it out, playing with their toys or acting it out with their friends, it’s amazing,” said Smayda

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