Area Agency Helps Fund Book Distribution During Local Parade
The Direction Home of Eastern Ohio recently donated funds to the Kent State East Liverpool Season’s Readings project, marking the agency’s support of the project for a third year.
Formerly known as the Area Agency on Aging Chapter 11, the agency donated $750 to purchase new children’s books, which will be distributed by Kent State to youngsters along the parade route of the East Liverpool Christmas parade.
Joe Rossi, chief executive officer of Direction Home of Eastern Ohio, made the presentation to Kent State East Liverpool.
“We are so proud to be able to support this project for a third year. Our employees embraced this from the beginning, and we feel it is a great way to promote learning at any age,” Rossi said. “The kids can take something home with them that is meaningful and lasting.”
Over the last four years, thousands of books have been collected and handed out to children along the parade route. The books are donated from Kent State East Liverpool students, staff, faculty and administrators, as well as from area libraries, churches or local organizations.
Donations of new or gently used children’s books are accepted throughout the year to support this project that benefits area youth.
Cutline: Getting ready for the Season’s Readings book distribution are (from left) Danielle Baker-Rose, accessibility specialist for Kent State Columbiana County, and Joe Rossi, CEO of Direction Home of Eastern Ohio.