Coast residents dig deep for others this Christmas
  • Saturday 19 December 2009

Staff at Sunshine Coast Libraries have been overwhelmed with the response from local residents to the annual Books For Kids campaign.

The campaign, conducted in support of local charities the Pyjama Foundation and the Salvation Army, aims to spread the Christmas cheer to less fortunate children on the Coast.

Ross Duncan, Manager of council’s Learning Communities Branch, thanked the community for their support in these tough economic times.

“The libraries’ staff are really proud to be part of such a generous community,” he said.

“Whenever we collaborate with charities, we receive overwhelming support.

“The generosity of Sunshine Coast residents is truly amazing. With the global financial crisis and other economic stresses this year, the fact that our community still digs deep and finds a way to help those less fortunate than themselves is inspiring.”

Mr Duncan said hundreds of families would benefit from the generosity of donors.

“With our local community donating almost 500 books, and several boxes of playdough, we can be assured that we have co-operated to bring a smile to kids this Christmas,” he said.

“It is great to see the Christmas spirit alive and well on the Coast, and people who have donated to this great cause can rest assured that they have helped make a difference to a little person’s life”.

Donations of books are still being taken at any of council’s libraries until Monday. Helping out is easy:

  • Buy a new children’s book – you don’t even need to wrap it.
  • Hand it in to any Sunshine Coast Library.

BOOKS 4 KIDS, now in its ninth year, is a joint book drive organised by Sunshine Coast Libraries, the Pyjama Foundation and the Salvation Army to spread Christmas cheer to less fortunate children around the region.

Donated books will be distributed to less fortunate children by the Salvation Army and the Pyjama Foundation, which trains community volunteers – called Pyjama Angels – to read to children in foster care on a weekly basis. Not only does this give foster carers a much-needed break, it helps to improve literacy levels, instils a sense of self-worth and inspires a love of learning in the children.

Sunshine Coast Library Locations:

Beerwah Library Peachester Road, Beerwah. Tel: 5494 0221
Caloundra Library Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. Tel: 5491 1255
Coolum Beach Library Park Street, Coolum. Tel: 5446 3122
Kawana Library Nanyima Street, Buddina. Tel: 5444 8022
Kenilworth Library Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth. Tel: 5446 0101
Maleny Library 5 Coral Street, Maleny. Tel: 5429 6222
Maroochydore Library 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree. Tel: 5475 8900
Nambour Library Cnr Currie and Bury Streets, Nambour. Tel: 5441 8332
Noosa Library Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville. Tel: 5442 4411