Every December, Marion Carnegie Library waives fines for library visitors and supports a local charitable organization at the same time. This year, the library supported Gum Drops. Anyone with outstanding library overdue fines could bring a donation of new/unopened food items to have the overdue fines forgiven. Ron Simpson (middle), Gum Drops director, is pictured with the donated items, presented by Dena Porter (left), Supervisor for Operations, and David Patton (right), MCL director, on January 4. Marion Carnegie Library collected 363 pounds of food this December.
Gum Drops is a local non-profit organization that helps local at-risk children by providing a backpack of easy to prepare food for weekends. They serve 932 at-risk children per week in Carterville, Christopher, DeSoto, Giant City, Herrin, Johnston City, Marion, Murphysboro and Pinckneyville.
The group accepts monetary donations, food donations and volunteer help. Volunteers give their time to assemble the backpacks at Gum Drops’ location at 1005 Briarwood in Carterville. Drop-offs are also accepted at that location. The organization prefers non-perishable, easy to prepare items. Examples include granola bars, ramen noodle cups, Jell-o or pudding cups and raisins.
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