Over 1,000 books were delivered to the Tiger’s Den Food Pantry thanks to a book collection organized by New York State Assemblymember Karen McMahon’s office in December. The books, which span from baby board books through young adult, will be distributed to the children of families served by the food pantry.
“The book collection will have a direct impact on the families that are served by our Tiger’s Den Food Pantry. We truly appreciate the efforts of Assemblymember Karen McMahon to organize the book drive and thank our community for donating to this collection,” said Anthony Panella, superintendent of Amherst Central School District.
“I am so proud that we were able to donate such a large number of books in our first holidaybook drive,” McMahon said. “The Tiger’s Den makes such a difference in our community, and I’m inspired by the people who chose to donate books and bring the love of reading to children this holiday season.”
Children will be able to choose a book based on their reading level and interest. Some of the donated book titles are required summer reading so students who cannot purchase those materials can get the book from the pantry.
“When a child is able to select a book that interests them and take it home, they learn the importance of reading for fun. By reading more often, they build literacy skills and an expanded vocabulary leading to success in the classroom,” said Panella.
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