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posted: 11/11/2013 1:07 PM

Streamwood teen hosts book drive for Hanover Park center

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  • Joe Hidalgo, left, Bernie's Book Bank processing manager, gives a box of books to support the book drive hosted by NISP Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher.

      Joe Hidalgo, left, Bernie's Book Bank processing manager, gives a box of books to support the book drive hosted by NISP Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher.
    Courtesy of Lee Christopher

  • Tom, left, a volunteer at Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center, receives 100 books from NISP Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher.

      Tom, left, a volunteer at Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center, receives 100 books from NISP Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher.
    Courtesy of Lee Christopher

 
Submitted by Lee Christopher

Northern Illinois Scholarship Program Social Ambassador Queen 2014 Arielle Christopher, 14, of Streamwood, partnered with Bernie's Book Bank to host a book drive in recognition of "Make A Difference Day" for the Hanover Township Astor Avenue Community Center at 7431 Astor Avenue, Hanover Park, on Friday, Oct. 25.

Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in October and connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities, and promotes civic engagement.

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"I enjoyed the book drive because it helps kids in the community to read who don't have the money to buy their own books," said Arielle.

Arielle and her father, Lee, contacted Bernie's Book Bank to sponsor a book drive to supply the reading area located in the Astor Avenue Community Center. The book drive resulted in 100 books being donated to benefit center. Children from Hanover Township, who are unable to purchase books, may visit Astor Avenue Community Center to select a reading book and take the book home for free.

"The township appreciates Arielle's support and hard work for the benefit of our residents," said Brian P. McGuire, Hanover Township supervisor. "These books will benefit the many youth who come to the Astor Avenue Community Center daily for programs and services."

Arielle Christopher won the very first NISP Social Ambassador Queen title for her efforts in promoting NISP and supporting her surrounding communities through volunteerism. She will travel throughout Cook County and local communities during her year of service as a goodwill ambassador. Arielle's chosen platform is to support the needs of children suffering from financial and medical hardships.

Bernie's Book Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization. Bernie's Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout the Chicago area. Bernie's Book Bank Processing Center is based in Lake Forest. For information visit www.berniesbookbank.org.

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