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Chamber Hosts Third Annual Book Drive
Chamber Hosts Third Annual Book Drive

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Children’s Book Drive Feb. 11 through April 12. Area business will serve as collection points for children’s books appropriate for young readers through grade six. Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by dropping books off at designated collection points.

“Every child should have books they call their own,” reminds Karen Brown, co-coordinator of the Chamber’s Book Drive. “I know our business community is ready to help.”

This annual book drive has provided many books for children in the Fairfax County Public School system who otherwise may not have had their own to enjoy. “Reading research has proven that children who have access to books and read on a consistent basis fare better in school and are better readers overall,” said Tina Simons, reading specialist at Saratoga elementary. “That’s really hard to do when books are scarce.”

The children’s book drive continues to grow. In 2011, 19 Chamber member businesses volunteered as collection points. In 2012, that number rose to 24, and this year, there are 31 participating businesses. New and gently-used children’s books may be dropped off at participating locations through April 12. Chamber volunteers will pick-up collected books as donation boxes fill and prepare them for distribution to young residents in the Greater Springfield community. Book drive hosts include:

Accelerated Physical Therapy
Brain Injury Services
BTW images
CALIBRE
Colonial Animal Hospital
Courtyard Springfield
Douglas Crab Cakes
FCPS ACE - Plum Center
Hard Times Cafe
Liberty Tax Service - Burke & Springfield offices
NOVA Pediatrics
NVCC Medical Education Campus
Office of Braddock District Supervisor
RE/MAX Allegiance - Burke & Franconia offices
SERVPRO of Springfield/Mt. Vernon
The Swiss Bakery - Springfield
The Villages at Belvoir
TITLE Boxing Club Springfield
TownePlace Suites Springfield
Transurban
Union First Market Bank
VFW Post 7327 Ladies Aux Bingo Nights
Walker's Grille