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Student nurses ship books for charity

By   Erin Wood

Nursing students at Lake Region State College recently collected pounds of books for charity.

Over 400 pound of books – 417 pounds to be exact – were collected for Books for Africa.

The college’s Practical Nurse Student Nurse Organization gathered books and raised money for shipping costs. This is the second year the student organization conducted a drive for Books for Africa.

All in all, Books for Africa collected and shipped 3.1 million volumes to 18 African countries last year.

Books for Africa is the largest shipper in the world of donated text and library books to the African continent, having sent more than 39 million books over its three decades.

LRSC Nursing Instructor Melissa Moser said the campaign allows educational resources to be used instead of filling landfills. “We must retire educational resources that are more than five years old. The material is still good, but outdated for our policy and standards. I am pleased that the health and medical resource can be utilized by others.”

Top recipient countries were Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.

Tom Warth, a Twin Cities book publisher, started the nonprofit in 1988 after a trip to Uganda, where he visited a library and saw the shelves were mostly empty. He started Books for Africa to end the continent’s “book famine.”

Books for Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 39 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months we have shipped three million books, 93 computers and e-readers containing 223,000 digital books, as well as 10 new law and human rights libraries to 18 African countries. More than $2.5 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.