To start, Holtslander contacted the Maryland Family Network, a non-profit organization that seeks to be an advocate for children’s issues and to administer outreach programs for youngsters, including Early Head Start programs.
“I wanted to really make a difference, so I didn’t want to donate just a couple of books, but as many as I could,” says Holtslander.
Local 1563 members and citizens were encouraged to donate new or lightly used books to drop boxes at Anne Arundel County fire stations.
The donated books were then collected and delivered to the support centers where Local 1563 members and the Maryland Family Network held an event where children could hear stories and pick out books. Local 1563 active and retired members at the event included Hotlslander, Mike Stoshnoski, Ray Hardesty, Bill Poteet, Deb Poteet and Mario Gowland.
“The kids really loved that and the fact that they could take home some of their favorite books,” says Hotlslander.