A Gift You Can Open Again & Again

” A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

Many of you (as we here at AOC do) probably remember seeing books under the Christmas tree. Neatly wrapped. Solid. Silent. Maybe not as exciting as the big bag with the sparkly bow or the box that rattled with a good shake, but inviting and comforting none-the-less. A new book held the promise of hours of entertainment and the introduction to new people and new ideas. Each one possessing its own special magic – a chance to visit another world – from the safety of home.

Last Friday nine volunteers from Trinity Church Boston carried that magic forward when they packed up 28 boxes holding more than 500 books, so each student at the Dever School in Dorchester could receive a brand new book, each one hand-stamped “This book belongs to…” with space for the student’s name.

Trinity’s partnership with the Dever is in its second year, and this book drive is just one expression of the team’s commitment to improve student reading and literacy levels.Volunteers Sidney Kenyon, Patty Woodlock, Leslie Colburn, Jane Coleman, and Frances Robinson spend at least three hours a week in classrooms, working alongside teachers, helping struggling young readers get started and encouraging the more skillful ones.

We’re excited to see them featured for their spirit of giving on Boston.com this week. Click here to read the feature story about this giving program and comment below with your church-school partnership’s holiday tradition.


Trinity Volunteers with boxes of books: (Standing L-R) Arthur Bowen, Audrey Henderson, Joyce Morgan, Sidney Kenyon, Brandon Greene, Leslie Colburn, Jim Morgan, Patty Woodlock, Lallie Lloyd. Kneeling: Frances Robinson.