Book Shower Needs 300 More Books

Michael and Skinner and NyLeiyah share reading time on the front porch of Western Carolina Community Action.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) and community partners will give a FREE bag of books to up to 300 children ages 0-5 during the Early Childhood Book Shower Saturday, July 29, at the Transylvania County Library. Volunteers will process and package the books and tips on reading with children from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. during Family Splash Day at the library.

“Early reading is crucial to early childhood education and development…The community can join in and help make the Early Childhood New Book Shower and Family Splash Day a big success…These events bring families together to share in fun and learning,” explained Erin Drew, Executive Director of The Family Place of Transylvania County, a United Way funded partner.

“We’ve had a great response from some very generous people. At last count, we need about 300 more new books to meet our goal of giving away 900 books, and I think our community can meet that goal in the next 2 weeks,” said Hammond George, Publicity Director for UWTC.

How to Help

Individuals or groups wishing to give new books for children ages 0-5 can place new books in donation boxes located at Highland Books, Dollar Tree, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, or United Way of Transylvania County’s office located below PNC Bank.

To donate funds for the bulk purchase of books, individuals may give on-line through a special Razoo.com account called “United Way Early Childhood New Book Shower” or by going to www.UnitedWayTransylvania.org. Checks should be made out to United Way of Transylvania County with “Early Childhood Education” in the subject line, and mailed to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712. Donors may also call the UWTC office to give via credit card.

To volunteer to process and distribute books, go to www.VolunteerTransylvania.org, or call United Way of Transylvania County at 828-883-8822.

Any overflow funds will be allocated to other United Way of Transylvania County local Early Childhood Education actions. Any overflow books will be distributed by the Transylvania County Library. In the event of rain, the Early Childhood New Book Shower will take place in the Rogow Room.

About the Book Shower

Early Childhood New Book Shower collaborative partners include Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, Transylvania County Recreation Department, and United Way of Transylvania County.

Dollar Tree of Brevard has a box of books suggested for children ages 0-5 in the register area. Shoppers can purchase books and place them directly into the donation bin there through July 26.

Highland Books, located in College Plaza offers 10% off any regular-priced book purchased for the shop’s Early Childhood Book Shower donation box through July 26. Highland Books bookmarks will be included in each bag of free books.

PNC Bank donated PNC “Grow Up Great” tote bags and Sesame Street themed Early Childhood Education booklets and CDs for each book shower recipient.

About Family Splash Day

Family Splash Day is a FREE event presented by the Transylvania County Library, Transylvania County Parks and Recreation, and The Family Place on Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Families are invited to bring a lawn chair, towels, sun screen and a picnic to the library lawn for a one day, home-made water park. Activities are structured for toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome.

Activities planned include water slides presented with the assistance of the Brevard Fire Department, sprinklers, water tables, baby pools, a bubble station, and snacks. Music will be provided by DJ Dogg. In the event of rain, Family Splash Day will be cancelled.

Children from birth to age five will receive a free bag of new books, presented by United Way of Transylvania County donors and volunteers, in collaboration with Dollar Tree of Brevard, Friends of the Library, Highland Books, PNC Bank, The Family Place, Transylvania County Library, and Transylvania County Recreation Department. In the event of rain, the book shower will take place in the Rogow Room.

About United Way

United Way of Transylvania County’s fiscal year 2017-2018 campaign goal is $475,000. Campaign contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and  MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth programs, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org  or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!

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