Lucas Hetzel, a local 11 year old, wanted to do something for his community for children in need, something that would make another child’s day a little bit brighter. After discussing a few ideas with his family and because he enjoys reading, he decided on a book drive. He wanted to collect gently used children’s books, ages 0-18. Lucas began brainstorming lots of names and in the end came up with New Life For Books. He spent time creating the collection boxes as well as monitoring and emptying them and doing neighborhood collections and picking them up with his scooter! Once he had the books back at home, he spent time going through them to make sure they were all appropriate and the books were not abused in some manner. He also sorted them by different categories (educational, picture, chapter, information, holiday, activity books, etc.). As his piles grew, he knew he was going to need many more boxes to put them in so with his mother’s help, he collected boxes from local businesses, multiple times… This being his first year he had great success! He was able to collect 2,000 BOOKS within just a few weeks! Lucas was shocked at all of the great books and the amount of series books. Every time he went to his collection boxes, he was very surprised to see how much were in them, he just couldn’t believe the amount of books. As his house became a boxed library, Lucas became even more excited for the day he could donate them all. All of the books collected were donated to QAC Social Services-Child Protection Services for children who have been neglected or abused. Upon drop off, there was great support from the Social Service employees. There were several people who came out to help unload the two car loads of books! Lucas looks forward to his next book drive!
Photo: Lucas with the Director of QAC Social Services, Susan Coppage (on the left) as well as Jone Taylor, the Program Coordinator (on the right).