The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of North Texas collected books for the children of West, whose libraries were impacted by a fertilizer plant explosion on April 17.
The Martin Luther King Day of Service project was sponsored by the Texas Senior Corps Association. Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companions projects throughout the state mobilized volunteers to collect and donate books to restock the libraries.
More than150 buildings in West, including public and private schools, were damaged or destroyed by the explosion.
Due to the project’s overwhelming success, the Texas Senior Corps Association will supply books to four schools and the public library, providing an estimated 1,300 students access to materials. Books will also be provided to students displaced by the
explosion who are currently residing among 10 outlying communities. A book-plating event and press conference are scheduled to take place in West on March 1.
RSVP thanks those who donated books and helped in the delivery process. For more information about RSVP of North Texas, call (940) 322-5281.