Local Toys for Tots receives huge donation of new children's books

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An 18-wheller pulled into a Brookshire Brothers warehouse this morning and dropped off thousands upon thousands of children's books for a local non-profit.

Angelina County Toys for Tots coordinator Brian Crews says it's going to be Christmas in January for area organizations dedicated to children. 

"We have received what we call a gift-in-kind donation from the Toys for Tots Foundation to the tune of 40 pallets of books," said Crews.

That's right, thousands of children's books are now in Angelina County thanks to an unknown donor whose donation will be the largest in Toys for Tots history.

"This is the biggest one we've received up to this point. They offered us 758 pallets which we immediately said no thanks and we took 44 off their hands," said Crews. "There's a little bit of everything. We have children's activity books, we have sticker books we have tracing books all types of reading items that go from all ages."

Crews says they could not have been more excited to get all these books.

"Toys for Tots pushes literacy. It's one of our big deals and children need to be able to read  and these are a lot of the types of books that are going to help them," said Crews.

He said it wouldn't have been possible to accept this donation without Brookshire Brothers offering up their warehouse space.

"We warehouse them and it's our responsibility to find other toys for tots entities to ship and share the wealth with," said Crews.

Thousands of books will be distributed to local organizations that help children but other Toys for Tots entities across the state will have opportunity to give the gift of reading as well.

"We'll mix them up so that each pallet has a mixture of everything available and then we'll go out and contact other Toys for Tots coordinators and other civic organizations around the area that help children and we will distribute these items among them to help out as many agencies as possible."

Crews says he and the Marine Corps League volunteers will start sorting through and organizing pick ups of the books as soon as next week.

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