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Volunteer Campbell River to host community book drive for seniors

Brighter Day is gearing up to host a community book drive for seniors in town.

The new youth-led project, a part of YouthCan @ Volunteer Campbell River, will be collecting gently used novels at its parking lot on Alder Street on July 18th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Youth engagement coordinator, Sarah Robinson, says seniors are experiencing feelings of isolation now more than ever.

She says they’re in need of activities and adventure while stuck at home.

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“The book drive is really trying to help seniors exercise their minds,” Robinson says. “Reading for seniors is proven to help improve memory, it maintains their concentration, and all-around reduces stress.” 

After speaking to numerous seniors and senior support workers around the city, Robinson says they all expressed a need for activities that can help keep seniors’ minds active.

“This book drive aims to provide new adventure, mysteries and romance all from the comfort of their own homes during these challenging times.”

It’s just one of many events planned for this summer by Brighter Day, a project that brings youth ages 15 to 29 and seniors ages 55 and up together.

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Its goal is to build connections and relationships through shared activities, experiences, hobbies, and events while helping youth and seniors build a sense of belonging.

Robinson adds that a bulk amount of the books will be going to the Willowpoint Supportive Living Society, and depending on the turnout, staff are looking to further where the books will go.

If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming book drive, send an email to [email protected].

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