Andover Bookstore delivers the gift of reading

COURTESY PHOTOHundreds of area children were lucky enough to unwrap books this holiday season thanks to a successful collection drive at Andover Bookstore. 

Andover Bookstore is closing the chapter on its second annual book drive that helped expand the reading horizons for local children over the holidays.

The book drive was initiated last year by bookseller Meg Wasmer as a way to help get books into the hands of young readers and yielded more than 100 page-turners in the inaugural 2013 season.

The goal this past season was to double the amount of donations to the Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence for distribution to local children. Wasmer got the staff of the bookstore in downtown Andover on board, and they worked together to spread the word to the shop’s loyal customers.

As a result of everyone’s efforts and generosity, donations tripled last year’s numbers. The week before Christmas, a Lazarus House volunteer picked up 350 books to give at the holidays. But the drive didn’t end there, with another 80-plus books collected through Christmas Eve that were dropped off to Lazarus House right before New Year’s Day.

The success of the book drive has inspired the staff at Andover Bookstore to seek to make it an annual holiday event. With the community’s help, they hope to surpass each year’s totals and continue assisting the Lazarus House Ministries in enriching as many children’s lives as possible through books.

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