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Sandia/California donates hundreds of books to local veterans hospitals

December 27, 2016

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From left, Sandia/California Military Support Committee members Sarah Flores, Mark Cordes, Brian Abelgas, and Rachel Sowell pack up the 725 books collected for local veterans.

Northern California veterans will soon be able to enjoy the gift of hundreds of books, thanks to the efforts of a book drive created by a security officer at Sandia National Laboratories Livermore, California, location.

Mark Cordes got the idea for the book drive after visiting his father-in-law at the Livermore Veterans Administration (VA) hospital. He pitched the idea to members of the Sandia’s Military Support Committee (MSC) and they agreed to spearhead a collection.

They collected more than 725 books.

“The books will help lift the spirits of the veterans who are in the hospital, especially during the holidays,” Cordes said. “We are fortunate to have supportive and caring members of the workforce who donated new and gently used books.”

Twenty boxes of books were delivered to the Livermore VA hospital in November by Cordes and MSC members Brian Abelgas, Sarah Flores, and Rachel Sowell.

The books will be distributed to VA facilities in Livermore, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Yuba City, California.

“The MSC would like to sincerely thank the members of the workforce for their generous donations,” Sowell said. “It is through your continued support of our country’s military and their families that enables Sandia/California’s committee to facilitate and organize events for our military.”

The Military Support Committee will work with the Livermore VA hospital staff after the holidays to see if they would like the site to host another book drive next year.