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Books, bags donated for babies in WGH

Photo submitted to the Times Observer Chole Wiles is seen here delivering books and hand-made book bags to Warren General Hospital as part of the Books for Babies program.

A non-profit and the county’s Lutheran churches have teamed up to send book bags home with babies born at Warren General Hospital.

A number of the bags were delivered Monday by a local Thrivent Action Team.

“This program was begun by Free Books for Kids Town in 2006 with funding from all seven Warren County Lutheran Churches,” Free Books for Kids Town Founder Ruby Wiles said.

That includes the following churches: Bethany, Sheffield; Hessel Valley, Chandler’s Valley; Saron, Youngsville; Berea, Pittsfield; St. Paul, St John’s and First, Warren.

“Every baby born at Warren General goes home with a book selected by their parents along with a beautiful hand sewn book bag,” she explained. “These bags were made by members of the Quilter’s Night Out group of Warren.”Siblings also get to pick a book.

Wiles said that, currently, 90 percent of the books are printed in the United States and she hopes that numbers hits 100 by year’s end.

“It’s thrilling for us to know that by our commitment to American publishers we’re helping fellow Americans have good jobs. Some of these jobs are right in our region,” she said. “The only company producing book boards for infants and toddlers is located outside of Buffalo, New York.”

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