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Kings To Host Book Drive Feb. 18 and Feb. 25

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings will be hosting their first-ever Book Drive at STAPLES Center in preparation for Read Across America.  The Book Drive will take place Saturday when the Kings host the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m. and continue Saturday, Feb. 25 when the Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks at 5 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used books with them to either/both games.  Volunteers from the Salvation Army of Southern California will be helping collect the books outside STAPLES Center’s 11th Street, Star Plaza, Figueroa Street and South West VIP entrances. Books collected will benefit both BookEnds and Bailey’s LA Kings Royal Readers.

Fans will receive one entry into a raffle for every new or gently used book they donate. During the third period of each game, the Kings will announce the winning raffle number and the winner will be directed to redeem their 2011-12 LA Kings team signed commemorative stick.

About BookEnds
BookEnds, a nonprofit organization based in Southern California, is about Kids Helping Kids. BookEnds recycles children's books through student-run book drives and places them in schools and youth organizations in need of books. BookEnds believes that a literate child is the foundation of a thriving community. By providing access to books, BookEnds gives children the resources to develop literacy skills and to experience the joy and imagination of reading.

About Bailey’s LA Kings Royal Readers
Through reading incentive programs, Read-a-longs, and Reading Rallies, Bailey’s LA Kings Royal Readers is designed to encourage children living in the Greater Los Angeles area to read both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as to improve individual literacy. For more information, please visit or email Lauren Wiedmeier

About Salvation Army of Southern California
For more than 120 years The Salvation Army has been delivering services and hope to the less fortunate on the streets of Los Angeles and to those in shelters, schools and daycare centers across the Southland. Internationally, it is an organization with a lineage of public service that dates back to 1865, and has evolved over the decades into a social service provider with an unmatched scope and breadth. The Salvation Army currently has representation in 120 different countries worldwide, in addition to nearly 8,000 centers of operation across the United States.
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