In somber remembrance of the horrific loss at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut, local Hopewell area residents Annie Saunders and Kim Robinson began an annual book collection and donation last year.

This act of kindness sprung from the simple and heartfelt request from Sandy Hook families: “We ask that you consider performing an act of kindness or volunteering with a charitable organization in your local community.  In this way, we hope that some small measure of good may be returned to the world,” from the website

MercerMe covered last year’s book collection efforts, along with other local volunteerism, in an article, “Inspired to Serve.”

“There are needs all around us, and every effort to meet them, no matter how small, has an impact.  As we saw here, that effort can be as simple as handing a child a book,” said Saunders and Robinson.

This year, Carroll Robbins Elementary School in Trenton will be the recipient school of books donated by Hopewell Valley residents.

Organizers will be picking up books from front porches throughout Hopewell Valley on Sunday, December 14, 2014. If you are interested in donating books, visit the Somber Remembrance Facebook page at and use the “Message button” to provide organizers with your address (Hopewell Valley only please).

Also, please “like” and share this article and the group’s Facebook page with your family and friends.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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