Andalusia Public Library’s “Kids Helping Kids” action for Ukrainian children was a great success with 512 coloring books, 440 pencil packs and 1,260 pairs of socks.
“Children from our library and across Covington County came together to show their concern for the lost children of Ukraine. Throughout March, children came to the library with their crayons, coloring books and socks. to donate. These were tangible items they could relate to and which could be donated to help other boys and girls around the world. The items were shipped to sister libraries in Poland that house Ukrainian refugees This means that the library halfway around the world received items from our little library in southern Alabama. How cool is that? Emails and letters were sent before packages. Translate letters from English to Polish or Ukrainian was something I had never done before,” said Children’s Librarian Caryl Lee Ray.
Ray added that mothers always try to bring calm to their children’s world, but that’s not always the case. “When this world is at war and our children are scared, sometimes we feel like we’re hanging on by a string. Our hope is that these items will bring some normalcy to their otherwise upside-down world.
PLA staff finished packing and shipping the boxes last week.
“I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and I have five sons of my own, so the idea of helping others is very real to me. These Ukrainian children are innocent bystanders. Their homes, their schools and their families have been disrupted, and it is heartbreaking. I want to thank the parents, grandparents, children, schools, churches, friends and many others who collected items. The City of “Andalusia has a big heart for people in need. Every package was prayed before it was sent with prayers for safety and peace,” she said.
The Andalucia Public Library is located at 212 South Three Notch Street and is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, email [email protected] or call 334-222-6612.