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Books for the Panhandle helping Gulf County children

Books for the Panhandle helping Gulf County children
Books for the Panhandle helping Gulf County children
Posted at 6:20 AM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:55:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As many families in the Florida Panhandle continue to rebuild and try to get back to normalcy, two Tallahassee women are focusing on helping the children.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams was live Tuesday morning at Midtown Reader, where a donation drive is providing entertainment.

Books for the Panhandle is a donation drive that collects new and gently used books for the children affected by Hurricane Michael.

The drive is collecting books for elementary school age children in living in Gulf County.

The goal is to allow each child at the two elementary schools in Gulf County to pick out books in a fashion similar to a book fair when they return to school.

Two local members of the Society of Children's Books decided to start the drive to make sure children are continuing their journey to learn and give them fun and entertainment during hard times. 

"Anytime children go through trauma, it's important that they have a little bit of a return to normalcy, and it's also important, that no matter what's going on in a child's life, that they have an opportunity to play, to create, to dream," said Co-founder Rebecca Lutz. "They need all of these things. Especially now, when they've been through so much, and that's what we're hoping to do, is just give them a chance to be kids." 

They will be collecting books until the end of month.

To find a full list of drop off sites and suggested books, visit

The next county the team will deliver books to is Jackson County, where one of the organizers actually lives.