Erica Henning wants to share her love of books with area children.
“I love reading, and all kids should have books,” said Henning, a 9-year-old Sandusky CentralCatholic student.
Prior to the beginning of Lent, Henning and her mother, Mary, had a discussion about giving something up for the Catholic tradition as well as how giving to someone else is just as important.
Giving up her allowance for Lent and putting it into the “rice bowl” to donate to poor countries, Henning took a while to determine how she could give back.
“She came bounding off the bus one day and said, ‘I’ve got it, I know what I want to do,’” her mother said. “We contacted the Boys and Girls Club and told (them) Erica wanted to collect books for the children.”
Henning, her family and friends have been spreading the word since that day in an effort to gather gently used books to give to children who attend the Boys and Girls Club of Erie County.
“Some people don’t even have books and they’re lucky if they have four books,” the third-grader said. “They’ll probably enjoy having books a lot.”
She started her quest by sorting through her own collection.
“These are mine from when I was little,” she said, gesturing to a colorful stack of books.
An avid reader, her mother said Henning was reading second- and third-grade material in kindergarten.
“She’s been a book-a-holic since she was able to crawl,” she said. “As soon as she could crawl over to the bookshelves, she would pull down books to read. Lovies to her weren’t toys or blankets, they were books.”
Henning took time to re-read all of her former childhood favorites before giving them away.
“I like the illustrated classics,” she said. “Like the Three Musketeers and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.”