The goal: A book under every tree

Children across Cranbrook will be unwrapping books on Christmas Day thanks to the third annual Book Under Every Tree project.

Volunteers are busy collecting books and sewing book bags for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s Book Under Every Tree Project. Pictured

Volunteers are busy collecting books and sewing book bags for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s Book Under Every Tree Project. Pictured

Children across Cranbrook will be unwrapping books on Christmas Day thanks to the third annual Book Under Every Tree project.

In collaboration with the Salvation Army and Sunrise Rotary’s Christmas Angel Project, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is collecting new or gently used books to give to families who pick up Christmas hampers or gifts through the Angel Tree program.

Last year, more than 380 children received books through the project, but the need is expected to be greater this year. It’s thought that at least 400 children will be reading these books over the holidays.

Parents and other adults receiving hampers will be invited to choose a book as a Christmas gift from the community.

You can drop off books at the Cranbrook Public Library, the Key City Theatre, and Christ Church Anglican. Please ensure the books are in good enough condition to be given as gifts, in other words with no marks, no names written in them or torn pages.

Anyone who is able to sew book bags or help sort and package the books can contact Katherine Hough, CBAL community literacy coordinator, at 250-417-2896 or khough@cbal.org.