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Student spearheads Doernbecher drive

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Lake Oswego High School student Catlin Dennis has organized a bookdrive for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She encourages all to donate books or cash during the month of August.

Lake Oswego High School senior Catlin Dennis has spearheaded a book drive to collect books for use by patients at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Her goal is to collect 150 books by Aug. 23 and she is counting on the community to help with the project.

'I began working on the seventh floor of the Pediatrics Clinic as a volunteer a year ago and notice that although there was ample shelving, the children had no access to books. As a volunteer I brought coloring books, crayons and some other small activities but when I left, so did the entertainment. Many of the children come from far away and it was not unusual to hear of a family staying in the waiting room for several hours. My friends and I would like to start a library in the waiting room for the children who utilize the hospital but we need the community's help.'

New and used books and books written in languages other than English are all needed. Donations of books or money can be dropped off at the Lake Oswego Review office, 400 Second St., Annie Blooms Books in Multnomah Village or at the Tigard Barnes and Noble store.

People can also e-mail donation information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Dennis will pick up your books. Cash donations will be used to purchase books.

'A book is a positive way for a child to escape the confines of the hospital waiting room and develop their reading skills,' Dennis said. 'I ask for your support in helping these children and for giving this story a happily ever after!'