by Lisa Tome
Cecil's Senior Services has signed on to help get recycled books into the hands of the military.
Operation Paperback is a non-profit which coordinates the efforts of volunteers in the collection and shipment of gently used paperback books to those deployed. Tina Presnell with the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association is already involved in this effort.
Now the rest of the county is invited to help.
"We want to involve the community," said Krista Gilmore, Volunteer/Community Resource Coordinator for Senior Services. "This is a good way to thank the military for service and it also creates a sense of community."
There are restrictions placed on donations.
The books should be good quality action, bestsellers, biographies, memoirs, fantasy, history, horror, mysteries, science fiction, and true crime books are being collected. Romance novels, sexually-explicit or racist materials are not being accepted. Children's books are also being collected. That way, deployed military can read these books to their children far away by way of video chat.
Those with donations may contact Gilmore at 410-996-8416.
In September, there will be opportunities to help with this effort with packing, sorting and labeling books. Those who attend programs at Elkton's Senior Center are also helping.
Operation Paperback is a Volunteer Cecil service project.
"It's nice to offer something where people can come together. Everybody loves soldiers and children," said Gilmore.
Those attending the August 6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo for those 55 and older at Elkton High School, are asked to bring paperbacks to donate.