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PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -
Librarians in Pass Christian are showing their compassion for the
victims of Hurricane Sandy. This week, they kicked-off a fundraiser to
help rebuild a library in New Jersey that was destroyed by the storm.
Tuesday, another load of books arrived at the Pass Christian Public
Library. The books came from generous South Mississippi donors.
all best sellers I've been collecting. He's got plenty more coming,"
one woman said as she dropped off several boxes of books.
library has received more than 3,500 books and magazines so far. This
week, the library kicked-off a book sale to raise money for Ocean County
Library's Upper Shore Branch in Lavallette, New Jersey. The library on
the barrier island was wiped-out by Hurricane Sandy.
got to get the Lavallette library back up and running for the folks who
are isolated there on that little island. And we want to let them to
know, no, you're not forgotten, not by Pass Christian," said Pass
Christian Head Librarian Sally James.
James teamed-up with Tricia
Taylor of Pass Christian to spear-head the month-long book drive and
sale. Taylor has a special bond with the people of New Jersey.
was born and raised in New Jersey. I used to take summer vacations to
the shore, so I still have a lot of friends and relatives that live up
there and a lot of those people were affected by Superstorm Sandy. So
we're just trying to do our best to show them that we care," said
It's also a way of giving back. When Pass Christian lost
its library after Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Jersey donated
more than 7,000 books, DVDs, and $1,200 to help rebuild the Pass
"I think every little bit helps. I think that when it's one town to another town, it becomes just a stronger bond," said Taylor.
"That's why we're so happy to do it," said James. "It's a gift to us and we'll give a gift to them."
book sale runs through the end of January. Each book costs one-dollar.
The goal is to raise at least $1,200 for the library in Lavallette. And
donations of books and magazines are still being accepted.
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