NEWPORT – Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation announced April 20 that it has received a major donation of 500 new children’s books in support of its local efforts to promote literacy at home and help close the “word gap” impacting youths in underserved communities.
The donation of books was made by The Molina Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Long Beach, CA, as part of its Share-a-Story literacy campaign taking place this spring across the country. Share-a-story is The Molina Foundation’s initiative to highlight the importance of literacy for children and families. The campaign is designed to coincide with the nationwide annual celebrations of Children’s Day/Book Day, an initiative of the American Library Association to encourage storytelling and book reading. The celebrations culminate yearly on April 30, although the Foundation will celebrate the next day, May 1.
“We are extremely excited to offer these books to the children we serve in our clinic and know the donation will make a positive impact on families in our region,” said Jenny Smith, Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation Director. “We can’t wait to see the smiles the new books will bring!”
On Monday, May 1, children may come to Newport Health Center to pick up their free book. From 9AM-4PM, Foundation staff and volunteers will hand out the books and a healthy snack to all children who visit. Books remaining after the event will be in the Children’s Literacy Corner of Newport Health Center. For more information, contact the NHHS Foundation Office at (509) 447-2441, ext. 4373.