United Way delivering thousands of books to area youth programs

Just over 6,000 new and gently used books are being delivered today to local youth programs by officials with the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc.

Four hundred of those books were delivered to the Phenix-Russell Boys & Girls Club Thursday morning and immediately shelved and put to use.

Fourteen-year-old Sierra Mathews, a teen at the club, read two of the books to a group of children aged five to nine. The donated books are targeted for children up to the age of ten.

Gathered during a book drive launched June 4, the books are being given as gifts to more than 20 youth programs and will be placed in libraries at the various sites so children may access them on a daily basis.

The books were collected, sorted and prepared by at least 126 volunteers contributing 203 hours of their time.

The effort is part of the United Way Day of Action project, formerly known as the Day of Caring.