Assistance League of Eugene donates hundreds of children's books to families in need

The Assistance League of Eugene raised $5,000 to purchase books for children in need. The qualifying families receive help from DHS. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – Families receiving help from the Department of Human Services will have access to $5,000 worth of children’s books.

The money was raised by the Assistance League of Eugene to purchase 500 new books and 400 activity books for kids ages six through eight years old.

The organization gave the books to the DHS family coaches who conduct home visits. They help 2,100 families in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program under DHS.

“One little girl, she grabbed the book and she was just like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ and took off running and just started reading the book,” said Ashley Holding, a family coach with the McKenzie Center DHS.

“Want to thank these lovely ladies for all of the work they do and to be able to help us do our jobs better,” said Cecilia Stadler, another family coach with the McKenzie Center DHS.

The Assistance League of Eugene raised the money through programs, donations, and sales from their thrift shops.

Last year, the group donated $2,000 worth of books.

The program will now continue indefinitely and next year they hope to bring books for kids ages nine through 12.

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