February 17, 2014
A local non-profit is putting thousands of books in the hands of sick children at the University of Virginia. They're pledging to donate 60,000 books to the new children's hospital. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Jeanna Beker and the Soho Center.
Jeanna beker founded the Soho Center in Madison County more than 40 years ago. The non-profit organization focuses on promoting children's literacy, school readiness and school success. They do this by collecting and donating books as well as reading to children.
Now the center is donating 60,000 new books to the new children's hospital which will be located in the Battle building at UVa.
"We want these kids to have a happy childhood and the best possible outcomes. Good books can ease anxiety, provide some joy, take their mind off their medical conditions and really promote a normal childhood and that's what we want for all kids," said Jeanna Beker.
UVa child care teacher supervisor Patricia Carrubba says this donation will make a big difference there.
"I just think it's such a blessing to our community and to the entire state. I think parents who have children who are compromised sometimes they have other concerns and worries and they don't really worry about buying books for their children. They're just trying to keep their child healthy and here we are giving these beautiful books and these children are enjoying them," said Patricia Carrubba.
The new books will be given to children to take home.
Including the donation to UVa children's hospital, the Soho Center will be giving away a total of 150,000 children's books this year throughout the Commonwealth.