Red Deer Rebels, city partner for books on the bus donation drive

Aim to gather 1,500 books at Rebels Dec. 3 home game

Bring a book to a Red Deer Rebels game but don’t plan on reading it.

The Western Hockey League team and the City of Red Deer have partnered to support the city’s Books on the Bus program. At the Dec. 3 Rebels home game, against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, fans are asked to bring new and gently-used paperback books to the Centrium.

The team and the city hope to gather 1,500 free books to provide to Red Deer Transit riders. According to the city, a regular supply of books is critical for the program’s continued success.

Books for all ages are welcome, but the need for children’s books is especially high.

The program started nine months ago and about 7,700 books were collected and distributed on eight buses and two mobile book carts at Sorensen Station.

Those not attending the Rebels game can donate their books at the drop-off points around the city including: Red Deer City Hall (4914 48th Ave.), the Collicutt Centre (3031 30th Ave.), the G.H. Dawe Centre (56 Holt St.), the Recreation Centre (4501 47A Ave.) and Sorensen Station (4830 48th St.).

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