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From collecting books to selling t-shirts, the community has come together to help keep "Alivea's Dream Alive."
Alivea Cox is the 14-year-old Richmond Hill girl who died earlier in the week, just hours after being diagnosed with cancer.
Aware of her generosity for others and a dream she had to help get books to disadvantaged children in the Ukraine, the phrase "Keeping Alivea's Dream Alive" quickly became the name of a support group page on Facebook, organized by Richmond Hill resident Beth Odom, and assisted by Mindy Galbreath and Kelli George.
The phrase is affixed to the front of t-shirts that are available for purchase, and on container bins placed at local businesses that are accepting new and used books.
Odom said the response has been great. "I've had people call saying 'I've got $500, where do I send it? I've got this, I've got that.' A lady that does estate sales called me and said 'I just bought an estate and there's boxes and boxes of children's books, where do I take them?'"
On its Facebook page, the group has been providing updates, listing the many businesses and organizations lending a hand.
The t-shirt sale was being organized by KTM's Sew Much Baggage, and were selling for $20. The group said all funds will go to the Cox family. More than 300 orders were placed, organizers said.
Although a deadline for placing t-shirt orders was on Thursday afternoon, organizers say they may be able to order additional t-shirts later.
The City of Richmond Hill announced it was an active book collection partner and was accepting new or gently used books suitable for children and young adults.
It said books can be dropped off at City Hall (40 Richard Davis Drive), the Fire Department’s Station 1 (9964 Ford Avenue) and the Police Department (120 Richard Davis Drive) during the hours of Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. While supplies last, “We Are Richmond Hill” bracelets will be given in appreciation of donations.
Other book location drop-off sites include:
- The Hair Station
- Copenhaver Dental
- The Ice Cream Stop
- Advent Therapy
- Love's Seafood
- KTM's Sew Much Baggage
- Pembroke Advanced Communications.
The Bryan County School District said it will take part in the book drive once school returns in the fall, organizers added.