While flowers, balloons and stuffed animals were being delivered all around the community, three local volunteers were delivering book-donations to schools in Chester. Hands of Hope LaSertoma (HOH) and youth chapter Helping Hands of Tomorrow (HHOT), received a $27,000 donation of books from James T. Rumsey Technical School in W.Va., who donated $7,000 in books last year as well. The only requirement was that the books had to be donated to local schools and charitable organizations.
Many books were donated to organizations such as the Children’s Hospital, YWCA and several others; however, with plenty of books to go around, the clubs wanted to give back to the Chester community, as that is where HHOT is chartered. Working with District School Board Rep., Carrie Coyner, several schools were chosen to receive donations. Cathy Pope, Melissa Eggleston and Kaitlyn Eggleston delivered boxes of Spanish children’s books to Elizabeth Scott Elementary, teen books to Elizabeth B. Davis Middle and children’s books to C.E. Curtis Elementary.
Principals Joan Temple, Dr. Tameshia Grimes and Susan Pereira were overjoyed to receive the books, but it meant just as much to the clubs that delivered them.
“That [Delivering the books] made me feel so good; everyone seemed so happy,” Ninth-grader Kaitlyn Eggleston said. “I’m glad I was able to do this. Happy Valentine’s Day.”