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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | May 20, 2008

The public support for the Kinship book sale has been absolutely incredible.

People have brought books to the Estherville Daily News by the hundreds. They include all kinds of titles, from self-help to mystery to romance to westerns, even books for children of all ages. The generosity of Emmet County residents has been phenomenal. To date, probably 5,000 to 6,000 books have been donated. We continue to welcome any used books that you would like to donate to Emmet County Kinship.

Over the next few months, Kinship board members and volunteers will sort through the books, organizing them by category. We plan for a book sale (or book sales, depending on the number of books received) late this summer or early fall with proceeds going to help Kinship programs. The way donations have been going, we could very easily have one of the largest book sales in northwestern Iowa.

Kinship is also looking for male mentors who would like to spend an hour a week with a child who could benefit from a caring adult role model. A one-year commitment is requested. Kinship mentors and their Kin child might go fishing, to a movie or concert, or just for a walk in the park to talk.

Studies have shown that every dollar spend in mentoring programs, such as Kinship, saves taxpayers five dollars later. Not only that, Kinship mentoring enriches a child’s life as well as the life of the mentor whose life will be much richer for it.

If you would like to help make a difference in a child’s life, call Emmet County Kinship at 362-2828.