Kindness in Real Life: Book drive benefits local hospitals

The BAM! bookstore in Waterford has been sponsoring a book and toy drive for many years, adding up to thousands of dollars in goods for local hospitals.

“The community is so generous and kind to give to our pediatric patients each year,” said Stephanie Henry, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s child life coordinator. “Kids and families are so excited to pick out an appropriate book to take home.”

Graham Gavert, director of development at L+M, noted that BAM! has put on a book and toy drive for many years in a row. “We’re very grateful to BAM! and its customers,” he said. “Including this year, BAM! has made possible donations of well over $77,000 worth of items for the children we treat.”

All the materials donated by customers are dispersed to hospital emergency departments at L+M Hospital, Westerly Hospital and at the Pequot Health Center in Groton.

Jake Stahl, general manager at BAM!, shared in the enthusiasm of the holiday donations. “This was a great example of community members working hand-in-hand to help those in need,” he said. “It’s a win-win-win, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

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