April 18, 2013
Thousands of new books were donated to UVa's Children's Hospital Thursday.
The Soho Center, a Virginia non-profit organization, has a goal of bringing literacy to every child. The group donated 10,000 books to the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center. Kids were able to start checking out the books and picking out their favorites right away.
The director of the Soho Center says, the joy of having a book in hand for a child, doesn't end in the waiting room.
"when they get called into the back room to get weighed, measured, see the doctor, they can take the book with them," Jeanna Bekker, director of the Soho Center. "It's theirs to help pass the time and after they've seen the doctor, they bring the book home to enjoy. We hope it takes kids' minds off of medical problems and gives them pleasure, joy and education."
The medical director at Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center says they are honored and excited to have received so many books that will surely put a smile on their patients' faces.
To learn more about the Soho Center and to learn quick, easy ways to bring literacy into your family's life visit: www.child2000.org.