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DHS News Release

 

April 28, 2005

 

Contacts: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180; Linda Manning (503) 731-3147, ext. 2227

 

May foster care event gives thousands books from the heart


Two Portland businesses and a local TV station are coming together for the ninth annual "Books from the Heart" project, which provides thousands of donated, brand-new books to foster children in the metropolitan area.

 

McCormick and Schmick’s restaurants, Barnes and Noble Booksellers and KOIN-TV are working in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to make the event a success.

 

This year’s drive is expanding to include the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Vancouver, Washington. Books collected will benefit children who live in foster care in Washington through a new partnership with the Vancouver child welfare office.

 

Linda Manning, DHS foster care and adoption recruiter in Portland, has organized each "Books from the Heart" drive. She has seen first-hand the looks of joy on children’s faces when they receive their books.

 

"These children have been through so much and they ask for so little," said Manning. "Books from the Heart is an incredible opportunity for community members to contribute to a child’s development, confidence and self-esteem."

 

Donors receive a $10 gift certificate in exchange for each book donated, to be redeemed for food at any McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant.

 

This year’s goal is to collect 5,000 books. Last year, 3,500 were donated.

 

From May 1 to May 31, new books may be donated at any of the McCormick and Schmick restaurants in the Portland metro area:

 

--Harborside Restaurant, River Place Marina

--McCormick and Schmick's, SW 1st and Oak

--McCormick's Fish House, SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and

--McCormick and Schmick’s Grill at Bridgeport

 

Donors may also purchase a new book at any Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Portland or Vancouver area and simply donate it at the store.