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SVCC business club donates books

Green eggs and ham; one fish two fish, red fish, blue fish. These are very familiar refrains from some of Dr. Suess’s classic children’s books. Courtesy of the Phi Beta Lambda Business Club at Southside Virginia Community College, children who are in the new VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital or C.A.R.E. Building will be able to read them for themselves.

Crystal Jones, adviser for the group, explained, “We held a book drive from March 12th through the 31st for new or gently used children’s books in celebration of Reading Month and Dr. Suess’s birthday.”

The club had drop-off sites at the Christanna Campus in Alberta, the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville and the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill and collected a total of 59 books that the group presented to VCU Health CMH in May.

“Anytime folks want to do something to benefit our patients and families, we get very excited,” said Ken Kurz, director of the CMH Foundation. “When Crystal called me and told me what they were doing, I just knew this was going to make a lot of kids happy. We will place a sticker in the books letting people know they came from the Phi Beta Lambda book drive. We will place them in the C.A.R.E. Building and also in the hospital.”

He continued, “ … We are a community hospital and we have always enjoyed tremendous community support and this is another great example of that.”

Kurz added that others who might be interested in helping should contact the CMH Foundation at (434) 774-2575.