While other kids spend their summer texting and playing video games, Gina Tia Buchanan is spending the remainder of her summer helping her community.
Buchanan’s Girl Scout involvement got her thinking about what she could do in her community to make a change for the better. She realized that almost everyone has to go to the doctor’s office or hospital at some time. Knowing how difficult it can be to deal with medical challenges, Buchanan talked with people and asked them what would help in those situations.
Many people she spoke with said that having something to do while waiting would help, especially with children. “I thought it would be a good idea to have books, magazines, etc. available that people could keep. I hope that by providing books and other media, that it can provide an escape for a little while during a stressful time,” said Buchanan.
Buchanan connected and networked with various people explaining what she would like to do with the books, where they are going and how they could help people. She communicated with the community through personal conversations, social media and news sources. “All the people I’ve talked to have been great.”
The purpose of the book drive is to gather new or like-new (gently used) books. All book types are needed. Drop boxes are available until Aug. 1, at the library, county court house and Ridley’s. Books that can be used at the Morgan County Library will be added to their collection and the rest will be used at Ogden Regional and McKay-Dee hospitals.
“I hope that the Morgan County community will support this book drive,” commented Buchanan.
This book drive will also help Buchanan earn her Girl Scout silver award. The silver award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It symbolizes an 11- to 14-year-old Girl Scout’s accomplishments and community activities. Girls earn the award by focusing on an issue they care about and sharing what they have learned with others.