One teen raises books for a local haven of hope

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Updated: 7/18/2010 10:02 pm

At fifteen-years-old Parker Wise has wisdom beyond his years.

He never thought a simple idea to raise some books would have such a far reaching impact.

"Most people are going to be down about, you know, having cancer and what not, so i figure if they want books to read and the Hope Lodge, it takes them about two years to have as much books as they want," Wise said.  

He said he realized he could make a difference by getting books on the shelves of the Lubbock Hope Lodge sooner than anticipated.

Celeste Thompson, a cabinet member for the Hope Lodge, said volunteers like Parker are worth their weight in gold, or in this case, books.

"We're so proud of Parker and the numerous volunteers across the South Plains that have worked so hard to make the hope lodge a reality," Thompson said.

Parker said he asked some of his Boy Scout buddies for help. They set up at Barnes and Noble to collect books Sunday.

When the day is said and done Parker and his friends will bring the books to the Hope Lodge, take the books out of their boxes and stock them on the shelves of the library

Hope Lodge employee Mark Stephens credits the book-giving trend to a local author who donated one copy of her book "Seeds of Hope" for each room.

"A future goal is to have maybe two feet of shelves on the wall in each patient's room," Stephens said.  

"I want to accomplish getting the books and making people happy that they have a lot of books to choose from, a lot of variety and just make them feel better overall," Parker said.

Parker said he will continue collecting book donations through the end of August.

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