Hospice Donates Books to Elementary School

When Catawba Regional Hospice employees heard that Longview Elementary School was in need of books for its students, the organization jumped into action to host a book drive and fundraiser.

(left to right) Rev. Sandi Hood, CRH Director of Community Outreach, coordinated efforts to deliver books to Carolyn Brown, Longview Elementary Media Specialist. Also helping with the book drive were Melanie Shoemaker, Bereavement Administrative Assistant; Patti Goodwin, Clinical Team Leader; and Angie Ingle, Volunteer Coordinator.

(left to right) Rev. Sandi Hood, CRH Director of Community Outreach, coordinated efforts to deliver books to Carolyn Brown, Longview Elementary Media Specialist. Also helping with the book drive were Melanie Shoemaker, Bereavement Administrative Assistant; Patti Goodwin, Clinical Team Leader; and Angie Ingle, Volunteer Coordinator.

Over the course of several weeks, CRH encouraged staff members to purchase new books or bring in gently used children’s books to donate to the school. The organization also coordinated a lunchtime fundraiser featuring classic square pizza, buttered corn, salad, and ice cream sandwiches.

Ultimately, CRH collected and delivered 1505 children’s books and more than $600 for wish-list items to Ms. Carolyn Brown, Longview Elementary media specialist.

The Rev. Sandi Hood, CRH director of community outreach, stated, “We were delighted to take up the challenge of filling some of the library’s empty shelves. Education is so important to what we do at Hospice, and we were hoping to make a meaningful contribution here – not to mention bringing a little more joy to these deserving kids!”

Catawba Regional Hospice is planning to host additional book drives to benefit the school.