Amy Doylend (left)

Amy Doylend (left)

Getting ready to Heap a Honda

Sunshine Honda, VantageOne Credit Union, Family Literacy Day Jan. 20 to 27, fill a Honda with books for children

Children’s books can be a joy forever is they are shared when children outgrow them.

Heap a Honda, presented by Sunshine Honda and VantageOne Credit Union, aims to fill a car with books to be used in community literacy programs.

“Honda Canada supports Family Literacy Day across the country and we believe in it and what they’re doing,” said Peter Dubetz of Sunshine Honda, which is one of the drop-off locations for book donations, along with the Vernon Public Library, the Junction Literacy Centre and VantageOne Credit Union.

VantageOne is in its fourth year of supporting Family Literacy Day, Jan. 20-27.

“The credit unions of B.C. support literacy and Success by Six. The first six years of a child’s life are irreplaceable in a child’s brain development. The foundation has to be built so children will be productive contributors,” said Glenn Benischek, chief executive director VantageOne Credit Union.

The Junction Literacy Centre needs donations of new and gently used children’s books, including baby books and story books for very young children, early reading books, comic books in very good condition, and popular novels. The program cannot use discarded library books, encyclopedias, torn or marked books.

“Give us your favourites and let them become a treasure for another family,” said  Debbie Schiller, executive director of the Junction Literacy Centre, which will distribute the books in several programs, including the new Books on the Bus, providing something to read for children who have long bus rides to and from school. Books will also be placed in the Adopt a Bookshelf program, which will have books available in public places where many families can access them.

For more information or to arrange to have books picked up, contact the Junction Literacy Centre at 250-275-3118 or dschiller@junctionliteracy.ca.