The Gift of Reading during the holiday season

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Since 1989, the HFC Federation of Teachers, Local 1650, has been providing books to local children through the annual Gift of Reading Campaign.

As the holiday season approaches, Local 1650 is once again collecting and distributing new, unwrapped books for children of all ages to share with Focus: HOPE's Center for Children. The Center serves children from infancy up through age five on-site, and books for older children will be sent home for siblings and friends and shared at holiday family events.

Contributions from members of the HFC community and the public are welcomed. Whether you are contributing books, financial support, or both, please do so by Friday, December 8.

Option 1: donate financially

You may make a financial contribution to the Gift of Reading here

Option 2: send books

Books can be delivered to your colleagues (all but the first are on the main campus):

  • Sophia Beydoun in the Nursing Program Building (Nursing building, East Campus)
  • Angela Hathikhanavala in the Reuther Liberal Arts Building (Building K)
  • Tessa Betts in the Eshleman Library (Building B)
  • Dr. Rama Chidambaram in the Health Science Education Center (Building G)
  • Betsy Cohn in the Campus Safety Building (Building N)
  • Dr. Peter Kim in the Campus Safety Building (Building N)
  • Chad Richert in the Technology Building (Building E)
  • Dr. John Rietz in the Reuther Liberal Arts Building (Building K)
  • Dr. Paul Root in the Science Building (Building J)
  • Vicki Shepherd in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F)
  • Tracie Varitek in the Reuther Liberal Arts Building (Building K)

Donation boxes will be in the main office areas of these departments. Books may also be sent or dropped off to Betty Richards in Rm. N-201 of the Local 1650 Office in the Campus Safety Building (Building N).

“This will be Sophia’s final season collecting. Thank you, Sophia, for all of your help making this book drive successful over the years. We will miss you!” said Hathikhanavala, the Gift of Reading co-chair. “The gift of reading lasts a lifetime. Let’s share it this season. Cheers to 34 years!”

For questions or more information, contact Hathikhanavala at or Betts at