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More than 5,000 books were collected during the fifth annual ABC Book Drive. During the holiday season, books were donated at Kinney Drugs stores across Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

The books then were taken to the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County and the St. Lawrence County Community Development Program for distribution to needy families.

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, said the goal of Addie’s Books for Children was to break the 5,000-book threshold.

Ms. Russell also praised Kinney Drugs and in particular each store manager for their role as collection points throughout the two counties.

Melinda M. Gault, executive director of the CAPC, said, “We are pleased to have participated with Assemblywoman Russell in the distribution of books in Jefferson County. I want to thank our community for its generosity. We know how valuable these books will be to the children who receive them.”

Norma S. Carey, executive director of the St. Lawrence Community Development Program, said, “Sometimes little things like books are luxury items for some families. We are so pleased to distribute these books to those families and hopefully make thousands of children smile.”

Addie’s Books for Children has collected more than 15,000 books in the last five years.

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