Turn your library fines into food this Christmas

Published: 22 Nov 2017 9:28am

Want to be in Santa’s good books this Christmas?

Returning for 2017, Food for Fines is Wagga Wagga City Library’s way of gifting its members the chance to erase any fines they may have accumulated for overdue library items throughout the year.

All members need to do is donate non-perishable food items, and their fines will disappear just like Santa Claus back up the chimney.

The Christmas campaign, now in its 18th year, will help stock up the Salvation Army’s pantry during the busy holiday season.

“Even if you don’t have any library fines, you can still come in and make a donation to this important cause,” Director Community Janice Summerhayes said.

“Your contribution will support the Salvation Army’s hard work and ensure everyone in our community can have a merry Christmas.

“Tinned meals, pasta, beans, cereals and recipe bases are really helpful items. Just make sure your donation is non-perishable so it can be distributed when it is needed most, which is often just after Christmas when the Salvation Army’s stocks are low.”

The program is also Council’s way of giving back to the community during the festive season by forfeiting the money from overdue fees.

Since 2004, every branch of Riverina Regional Library has also been involved, meaning residents across the region can donate to this worthwhile cause. Around the Riverina other various local charities will be the recipients, as nominated by their branch libraries.

The community can make donations to the Food For Fines campaign until close of business on 16 December.

With school holidays around the corner, keep up-to-date with all that’s happening at the Wagga Wagga City Library Facebook page or at www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/library.