Some Lassen County Public Health Department offices are hoping to start some new traditions for Holiday with a Hero participants. A book drive, running through Friday, Dec. 20, hopes to gather many gently used and new Christmas books to give out to Holiday with a Hero families, allowing youth to open one book a day leading up to Christmas. Collection boxes are set up at Lassen County Public Health, at 1445 Paul Bunyan Road, Suite B, or at Margie’s Book Nook. Photo by Makenzie Davis

County department seeks Christmas book donations

The goal is for Holiday with a Hero participants to get three to four Christmas books they can unwrap with their parents during the days leading up to Christmas.

From yesterday, Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 20, Lassen County Public Health Departments — Maternal Child Adolescent Health and the Child Abuse Prevention Council — are hosting a book drive with the intent to help fill the days leading up to Christmas with family bonding activities. Donation boxes are placed at the public health department and at Margie’s Book Nook.

Ronda Hall, Lassen H.E.A.R.T.S. coordinator, and Michelle Godman, MCAH coordinator and the Child Abuse Prevention Council program coordinator, are leading on the drive.

According to Hall, MCAH and CAPC usually spend Holiday with a Hero with parents as their children shop. They use the time to share activities parents can do with their children and give items like coloring books, all in the attempt to lessen child abuse in the community.

However, this year they’re bringing a new feature to the annual event.

Inspired by her own family’s tradition, Hall wanted to share the family pastime of unwrapping a Christmas-themed children’s book and reading them together in the days leading up to the holiday.

Depending on how many are collected, the parents will wrap the books while their children shop, then take them home, hopefully to start a new tradition of their own.

“If we could gather three to four books per child … even if we could offer each family one book, hopefully it could start a new tradition for these families,” said Hall.

The department is seeking new or gently used Christmas books.

“We thank every one who donates books, and we look forward to helping our communities be a safe place for families,” said Hall.

For more information, call the department at 251-8183.