Some 725 books donated by the employees of Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore have been given to patients at the Veterans Administration's hospital in Livermore, as well as to VA hospitals in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Yuba City.
The book drive was initiated by Sandia's Security Officer Mark Cordes, who got the idea after visiting his father-in-law at the Livermore VA hospital. He pitched the idea to members of the Sandia/California Military Support Committee (MSC) and they agreed to spearhead the book drive.
"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 have been delivered to the hospitals by Cordes and MSC members Brian Abelgas, Sarah Flores and Rachel Sowell.
"The MSC would like to sincerely thank the members of the workforce for their generous donations," Sowell said. "Your continued support of our country's military and their families enables the Military Support Committee at Sandia to facilitate and organize events for our military."