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DETCOG coordinates book drive for children of West

 

JASPER -- The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will celebrate the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 20 by coordinating a local book drive benefitting the children of West, Texas, and collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries to help replenish Deep East Texas area food pantries. Part of a statewide effort led by the Texas Senior Corps Association, the "One Book at a Time" MLK service activity will aid in rebuilding the West Elementary School Library, which was devastated as a result of the West Fertilizer Company explosion on April 17, 2013. Senior Corps volunteers were among the first responders after the explosion, and have continued to play a lead role in long-term recovery efforts in West. According to Texas Senior Corps Association President Walt McFadden, "Senior Corps projects in Texas have supported the MLK Day of Service for many years, but this is the first time that our 54 individual programs have coordinated their efforts for a common beneficiary. This represents one of many ways that Senior Corps volunteers are making a difference in Texas communities." The Senior Corps is composed of volunteers age 55 and older who serve through the component programs of Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP. The Senior Corps programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also coordinates the nation's annual MLK Day of Service activities. Locally, the Deep East Texas RSVP, comprised of approximately 1,000 senior volunteers, serving in excess of 160,000 hours, is sponsored by the Deep East Texas Council of Governments. San Jacinto County's OEM coordinator Judy Eaton will collect new or gently used children's books and nonperishable food items/toiletries throughout the month of January, 2014 from 8 am to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday. Books/ non- perishable food may be dropped off at the Emergency Operations Center (Elections Building) at 51 E Pine Ave., in Coldspring. After collection day, The county will deliver the books to the Monthly DETCOG meeting for January and the RSVP group will ship them to the town of West, where they will be sorted by Senior Corps volunteers from around the state. Food/toiletries collected will remain in the county in which they were collected. For more information, or to find a drop off location, contact Judy Eaton, Emergency Management Coordinator, at 936 653- 3395 or email – judy.eaton@ co.san-jacinto.tx.us

 

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