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Boy Scout donates 2,000 books to homeless shelter

Posted at 11:33 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 23:33:21-04

WASHINGTON, DC (WJLA/CNN) - A Montgomery County middle school student wanted to be sure kids living in a homeless shelter had books to read any time they wanted to.

He went above and beyond to make it happen.

Jack Holland is a 14-year-old Eagle Scout candidate from Potomac, MD, who heard about the D.C. General Homeless Shelter and decided what the kids there could really use was a library.

"I was thinking, I love to read and I'm sure they don't have books,” Holland said.

He, along with his mom and scout master, arrived at Building 12, home for 36 families.

He brought boxes filled with books donated from schools and churches.

He and a friend painted lots of shelves to hold the books, Curious George and The Magic Treehouse. They did it with help from a few of the kids at the shelter.

"Instead of video games and electronics, this is actually a great thing for the children to do," a mother at the shelter said.

"I'm just hoping that all these children are able to read and enjoy these books. Really, that's what it’s all about," Holland said.

Holland had been working on this project for nine months.

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