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Published on September 14, 2016

Health Notes: St. Vincent’s collects books for children

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is conducting a drive to collect children’s books. The books are for a program that St. Vincent’s HealthCare is partnering in with Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas to encourage local schoolchildren to read.

The book drive will continue through Thursday.

People can drop off books at all of St. Vincent’s hospitals, many of its primary care offices and many Publix locations.

The books must be for kids ages 10 and older, printed after 2005 and in new or gently used condition.

For more information, including the specific locations, visit

Thomas will be at St. Vincent’s Riverside Medical Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, to meet the public.

There will be free food and activities for children, including inflatable play areas.

The event is free to the public with a book donation.

Currently, the St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center has a program called Reach Out and Read, which provides books to young children during their primary care visits.

Additionally, the Family Medicine Center hosts an annual event called Read and Romp, which allows children to explore interactive stations with books, crafts and games.

St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry also provides children with books during their visits to its mobile units for school and sports physicals.

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