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DHS News August 2013    

The Holiday Project Starts a New Season with a Generous Donation  

The Holiday Project has benefited from a generous gift of more than 1,000 books that will be distributed during this year’s Holiday Project Workshop, November 18 through December 11.

The books come from Elizabeth’s Book Drive, a Texas-based nonprofit founded by Marianne and Lance Matthes of Wylie, Texas. The couple lost a daughter, Elizabeth Luke Matthes, in 2012. They started the book drive in her honor. Lance Matthes’ parents, James and Ramona Matthes, live in Sarver, Butler County.

Marianne Matthes said her father-in-law found the Holiday Project when phoning around to find places that may need the books. She said her charity collected over 10,000 books, boosted in part by a Facebook page she set up.

Brendan Hanschen, coordinator for the Office of Community Relations Event and Donations Team, which organizes the Holiday Project, said there were so many books donated to DHS, “I almost broke a dolly getting them in here.”

The array of books is helpful to the Holiday Project. They range from those for infants, to titles appropriate for young adults. While some groups only want childrens’ books, the Holiday Project can use a broad variety. “I think that was part of the reason the charity liked us,” Brendan said.

The Holiday Project provides a holiday gift to children of families receiving services through the DHS Office of Children,Youth and Families. Besides linking sponsors to children, Holiday Project organizers hold the Holiday Project Workshop each year so that children who do not have direct sponsorship can receive something from donated items.

The books will be added to those donated items, said Brendan, expressing gratitude for them.

More information on the Holiday Project, including how to help, can be found on the Holiday Project webpage.

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