Book drive for Uganda clinic |

Book drive for Uganda clinic

When 14-year-old Lizzie Edwards visits Uganda in February next year with her father, she won’t go empty handed.

Lizzie’s father, a family practitioner, will help Scott Kellermann, a missionary from Grass Valley, in the latter’s clinic at Uganda, and Lizzie will donate nearly 2,000 children’s books to the Pygmy children Kellerman serves.

“My idea initially was to do a supply drive for pens, papers, crayons and stuff,” Lizzie said. “But Dr. Kellermann said they need children’s books.”

Lizzie arranged a book drive for her eighth-grade project at Yuba River Charter School outside Grass Valley. Her mother, Jane Edwards, a librarian at Seven Hills School in Nevada City, involved her students in the project with the help of her colleague, Nancy Gillespie.

To solicit donations, Lizzie posted flyers around Yuba River Charter and at some local businesses, she said.

According to Jane Edwards, 1,360 books have been collected at Seven Hills. Students at Yuba River have donated about 500 books, she added.

Lizzie now faces a new task of raising money to ship the books to Uganda. She needs to raise around $500, Lizzie estimated.

To donate money to Lizzie Edwards for the book drive project, contact her by e-mail at ugandabooks@

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