Book Aid Plan receives many requests for books in Spanish to help with literacy programs in the U.S. and the Americas.

Last November, the organization had asked local families through the local press to collect Spanish/English bilingual booklets offered in a special promotion in Cheerios cereal boxes.

"We were very pleased to see the collection bin filled up in our lobby," Geraldine Trippitelli, volunteer for the organization, said.

The New Year also brought a big surprise. General Mills found the request in the Darien papers and offered to donate 1,000 copies of the books to Darien Book Aid. General Mills has been promoting literacy for several years notably by offering free books.

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"It was thrilling to finally have a lot of books to send," Joanne Leaman, who spearheaded the Darien Book Aid program, said. "We are now shipping all four titles ("All the World," "Chaucer's First Winter," "Jump!," "No T. Rex in the Library" and "The Purple Kangaroo") at a fast pace."

Starting March 23, Darien Book Aid will hold a book drive in conjunction with Darien Library. New or nearly new children's books are welcome. The collection bin will be at Darien library. For more information on donating to Darien Book Aid visit www.darienbookaid.org

Darien Book Aid is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that builds a foundation of peace, understanding, and friendship by distributing free books. Book Aid sends books in response to specific requests from Peace Corps volunteers, libraries and schools all over the world Books are also donated to libraries, prisons, hospitals and Native American and Appalachian groups in the United States.

A Book Aid Plan collection bin that filled quickly with bilingual books. Books are now being sent to literacy program in the U.S. and the Americas.

Darien Book Aid Plan is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization. Its goal is to build a foundation of peace, understanding and friendship through the free distribution of books worldwide.

For more information call 203-655-2777, e-mail darienbookaid@yahoo.com or visit www.darienbookaid.org.