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Assistance League of St. Louis offers ‘Books From Friends’

Leaders of the Assistance League of St. Louis and 20 Assistance League Books From Friends volunteers, based in Ellisville, spent Aug. 1 distributing 4,000 age-appropriate books to aspiring readers in North St. Louis.

This year, COVID-19 put a new spin on the annual event. Lines of vehicles came through a gauntlet of volunteers who distributed books, clothing, school supplies, personal protective equipment, toiletries and food. 

Assistance League book giveaway
Assistance League President Dawn Thomas, of Town & Country, (left) and Past President Jane Harbron, of Chesterfield, show off books given to children who attend the Urban League’s early childhood learning program. (Source: Assistance League of St. Louis)

“This collaboration with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Saint Louis Public Schools provided a great opportunity to help many more children in one day than we could possibly do safely at this time of COVID-19 with our in-school book festivals and other events,” Thomas said. 

Assistance League book giveaway
Assistance League President Dawn Thomas with a stack of books to give away. (Source: Assistance League of St. Louis)
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