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3-year-old collects 238 books for needy kids at Aurora Commons

November 27th, 2012 by Doree

Earlier this month we told you about 3-year-old Jesse, who wanted to collect books for children to read at Aurora Commons, a neighborhood gathering place for everyone, especially those who live in temporary housing and motels along Aurora Avenue.

Neighbors were asked to drop off books on her family’s porch. Well, Jesse’s mom, Jamie Clausen, tells me that Jesse finished her book drive with a total of 238 books. Way to go, Jesse!

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3-year-old Phinney Ridge girl collecting children’s books for Aurora Commons

November 7th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Jamie Clausen tells us her 3-year-old daughter is collecting children’s books to donate to Aurora Commons, an informal community center open to all at 8914 Aurora Ave. N.

Here’s her message:

Hi Everyone. This is Jesse Ballnik. My mom is letting me use her Facebook account to send out this note to all our friends about my book drive. I live in Phinney Ridge which means that some of my neighbors live along Aurora Avenue in temporary housing, motels or out on the streets. Many of them are families with kids. They are not all as lucky as I am to have lots of great books to read at home. Luckily our friend Lisa and her friends have a coffee shop & community center in our neighborhood called Aurora Commons that they can spend time in and they have a story time for kids on Tuesdays. I wanted to make sure that they had lots of good books at their story time and for kids who just come to hang out so my mom is helping me to do a book drive. I am looking through my own books to find used books for children that are in good shape and am asking my friends to do the same. If you have any books to donate, please drop them off at my house at 751 N 75th Street in Seattle. I am going to bring what I collect to the community dinner on November 21st and am hoping to collect at least 20 books by then!

Jamie has set out a bin on their covered porch for people to drop off books any time.

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