Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

December 9, 2013

Generosity beyond Imagination

VALDOSTA — Never underestimate the generosity of Valdosta and Lowndes County.

Several weeks ago, The Times ran a direct appeal for help from the Imagination Library. Sponsored by area Rotary Clubs, the Imagination Library provides registered children with books monthly from the age of birth to 5 years old. The idea is books in the home will get parents and children reading together, and will instill in the child a lifelong love for reading and learning.

The Imagination Library would one day like to see every child 5 and under in Valdosta and Lowndes County registered in this program.

But its caretakers have been careful and frugal to ensure that once a child is registered, the funding is there to provide books each month through the fifth birthday.

In September, however, for the first time since the organization’s founding, the Imagination Library did not have the funds to register an additional group of 43 children. This situation led to the Imagination Library’s appeal in The Times.

Within two weeks after the need was published, area folks contributed more than $8,000 to the Imagination Library enough money to cover the registration of the group of 43 children, the registration of 21 more children, and the funds to register 50 more in the future.

Yet, even with the need met and surpassed, people have continued donating to the fund. On Monday, Dr. Dennis Marks, the Imagination Library team leader, said folks have sent a total of $11,085 to the organization.

That additional amount of nearly $3,000 means even more books for more children all within Valdosta and Lowndes County.

Thank you to our readers and all whose contributions have invested in today’s children and the region’s future.

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