Wallingford Teen Collects Thousands of Books For Children Across Connecticut

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A 16-year-old girl from Wallingford is on a mission to share her love of reading with kids across Connecticut and she is well on her way to reaching a major donation milestone.

Chelsea Fitzgerald held her ninth annual book drive and bake sale at her home Saturday.

She is an avid reader and has been collecting books for "Read to Grow" since she was 7 years old and she is way past her 10,000-book goal.

Now her goal is to donate 25,000 books by the time she graduates from high school. So far, she's donated 22,000 books.

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"Reading is something you use every day whether you want to or not, or you don't even think about it, you use it. So being able to take the skill that you have to use and use it for something you like is great," Fitzgerald said.

You can still donate books for newborns to eight graders outside their home at 87 Sharon Dr. until Aug. 6 every day between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

So far, "Read to Grow" has donated 2.2 million books and served approximately 1.42 million people in Connecticut. For more information, click here.

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