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HEBRON ESTATES - Maybe one day someone from Bullitt County will donate a biography about Jim Davis.
The Hebron Estates resident is attempting to begin a book collection drive with a lofty goal of attaining 100,000 books.
A retired truck driver for the military and former motivational speaker, Davis developed his idea while watching a television show about schools needing more books in rural eastern Kentucky.
“The kids didn’t have any school books or libraries,” he said. “I thought this would be something to benefit them.”
Davis decided to get the ball rolling by contacting Bullitt County Public Schools. He eventually talked with Megan Hatter, the Mount Washington Middle School Youth Services Center coordinator.
Hatter was pleased with Davis’ idea and immediately issued a challenge to all Bullitt County Youth Service Centers and Family Resource Centers to participate.
“It’s a beautiful mission, and it’s very simple,” said Hatter. “If we all just had one book, what a ripple it would make in Bullitt County.”
Hatter informed the Mount Washington Middle Student Council and Round Table about the book drive. She said the school would collect books through October in conjunction with Rid Ribbon and Anti-Drug Week.
Davis has also contacted local churches to participate in the book drive. Volunteers from the Hebron Presbyterian Church Ladies Auxiliary have agreed to help catalogue books.
Hebron Presbyterian, along with Grace Memorial Church, will serve as book drop-off locations, along with Murphy’s Sparrow Drive Antique Mall.
Davis said anyone interested in donating books could contact him directly. He or someone from his family would personally collect.
“I can’t emphasize it enough,” he said. “Anybody that calls I’ll be glad to come get them.”
Davis said any kind of book was acceptable, including medical, reference, or encyclopedias. He has even collected 150 books on tape.
“You could have books sitting around at home, they could go to a good cause,” Davis said.
Corporate organizations have also contributed, including Hewlett-Packard and Apple Computers.
Davis was diagnosed with cancer in January. He admitted smoking cigarettes contributed to his condition. To coincide with the book drive he would also like to speak with schools about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
Hatter invited Davis to speak at a recent Partners in Prevention meeting. He said the Red Cross offered pamphlets for school distribution.
“I think I’m doing the right thing,” he said. “I hope I’m doing the right thing. I just want to help. If I help one kid that’s good.”
Davis knows his goal is lofty, but he was able to collect about 3,500 books during the drive’s first month.
“Maybe it’s a high goal, maybe I’ll never get there, but it doesn’t seem too unrealistic if everybody in Bullitt County helps.”
Anyone wishing to donate books may contact Davis at 428-6029.