Paragon Publishing donate 3422 new books

Paragon Publishing donate 3422 new books

03 Mar 2009

Devastated by the bushfires and concerned for the wellbeing of the children, La Trobe University’s Community Children’s Centre Manager, Jenny Reynolds, put the call out for donations of new books and toys to the community via UniNews and the La Trobe University website.


Children sitting on boxes of books In less then 8  hours their call was answered by Paragon Publishing, who contacted Jenny to ask if she would accept an extremely generous donation of 3420 new books.

“Paragon were unsure of how to help in the bushfire relief and ran a Google search to the effect of ‘donations of new toys and books for children who had lost their belongings in the fires.’ The search engine returned the Children’s Centre before we knew it, boxes of books were delivered to the Children’s Centre," said Jenny.

“What an amazing gesture. Paragon have really made a difference. The books will provide children at the centre and across the State of Victoria, an escape  from the horrors they have experienced first hand.”

La Trobe University is about 30 kilometres from Kinglake West. Many families who use the Children's Centre live in the area and have lost their homes.

Keeping in step with the community spirit that inspired Paragon Publishing in the first place, Jenny has decided that once the bush-fire-affected children have their book collections replaced, the remaining books will be passed onto the Kindergartens and Primary Schools in the devastated areas to help replenish their libraries- many of which were burnt to the ground.

"I just want to say again, thank you so much Paragon Publishing and other people who donated, such as Saint Francis Xavier, our families and staff who have given so much. The new toys received have provided so much joy.”


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