Book drive

Literacy ConneXus partners to provide books for Alabama children following tornados

May 27th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Literacy ConneXus, a Fort Worth-based ministry partially supported by funds given through the Cooperative Program and to Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions, is partnering with Half Price Books to restock the libraries of two Tuscaloosa, Ala. elementary schools that lost most of their books in the recent tornados.

Churches and individuals can drop off new and gently-used books at Half Price Books locations across Texas May 26-30. People who donate books also receive 20 percent off store purchases.

Lester Meriwether, executive director of Literacy ConneXus, already has taken about 500 books to Tuscaloosa and hopes the book drive will provide many other texts for young children. He believes the book drive is a practical opportunity for Texas Christians to share the hope of Christ in another state, part of Texas Baptists’ Hope 1:8 missions emphasis.

“We respond with emergency food and other needed services to indicate the love of Christ after disasters to help persons rebuild their lives,” he said. “Resources like books are often overlooked as ‘not necessary.’ But like a stuffed animal, books give comfort. The books shared initially and those that will travel after the drive this weekend will help with the second wave of disaster relief – restoring normalcy and building capacity.”

Literacy ConneXus is the latest Texas Baptist group to be involved in Alabama disaster response. Texas Baptist Men provided several volunteer relief units to work in the weeks following the tornados.

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