DYER, Indiana - Each Christmas season, Barnes and Noble in Valparaiso donates some $3,000 in new books for residents at Franciscan Health St. Francis Center Dyer, through a program in which customers are offered an opportunity at checkout to purchase a book to donate.
"This donation makes the holidays extra-special for the kids. They love getting new books," said Guadalupe Florez, second from right, Franciscan Health St. Francis Center Dyer community relations specialist.
Franciscan Health St. Francis Center Dyer is a residential behavioral treatment facility for youths, ages 12 through 18, located on the campus of Franciscan Health Dyer. With a total of 30 beds, the center offers two levels of adolescent residential care in a nurturing, therapeutic and secure environment.
Also shown, from left are Laura Mannion, director of development for the Franciscan Health Foundation in Northern Indiana; and Sister Mary Joseph Watkins, Franciscan Health St. Francis Center Dyer patient educator. They posed with a Curious George mascot at a recent Holiday Kick Off event at the store.
For more information on Franciscan Health St. Francis Center Dyer, call (219) 865-2141, ext. 45896.