More than 1,100 books were donated to Akron Children's Hospital through a collection spearheaded by John and Julie Dellick. This is their second book collection in one year. John and Julie grew up reading and "wanted others to enjoy reading too."
John shared that "too many books remain unused after they are only read once or twice and should be shared with as many kids as possible."
The two students contacted Msgr. Michael Cariglio Jr., who graciously donated the books from St. Anthony's Church. The church, at one time, operated a school and had a library of books. The books had been collecting dust and needed to be removed. Cariglio, not wanting to just throw away the books, found the Dellick siblings' request a win-win situation. Thus began the collecting, cleaning and sorting of books from the closed school. The books ranged from biographies to history to hobbies and more. Some of the books were worn or outdated. One book told the history of all the United States presidents up to President Dwight Eisenhower while another book detailed the marvels of modern inventions such as microwave ovens. John and Julie said they had fun during the sorting.
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Msgr. Michael Cariglio; Joann Stock, development director at Akron Children's Hospital; Suzanne Heher, volunteer services director; Julie Dellick; and John Dellick were on hand to donate more than 1,100 books to Akron Children’s Hospital.
The entire project took considerable time and finally the books were ready to be delivered. Akron Children's Hospital sponsors a reading program with schools. The books will be read to students at local schools.