Blackfoot Idaho Reads! VISTA Representatives Sheila Evans, Annie Tanner and Tracy Folsom deliver 563 books donated at Stoddard, Stalker and Wapello Elementary schools to Amy Saville, second from left, who collected the books to distribute to local hospitals in memory of her son Gabe.
A family's mission to honor the memory of their 18-month-old son who died in 2010 has resulted in the donation of 2,400 books to area hospitals to provide comfort to other children during hospital stays.
David and Amy Saville, whose 18-month-old son Gabriel Grant Saville died July 12, 2010, started the book drive last year as a way to honor the memory of their son. Students at Stoddard, Stalker and Wapello Elementary schools donated 563 books to the project.
The Saville family delivered books to Portneuf Medical Center, Bingham Memorial Hospital and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Thursdayâ€”Gabe's birthdayâ€”and will also deliver books to hospitals in Preston, Logan, American Fork and Utah Valley. The Savilles now live in Utah.
"What an amazing cause to be a part of," Idaho Reads! VISTA Representative for Stoddard Elementary Annie Tanner said. "We are so grateful to our schools who were so willing to give in the name of this sweet young boy."
In Blackfoot, books were collected in December as part of a Christmas service project organized by Idaho Reads! VISTA representatives. Books were also collected in Pocatello and Utah.
"We are so grateful to all of you who are able to help with our birthday gift to Gabe by giving books to those children who are struggling with their own battles," Amy Saville wrote on a blog dedicated to Books from Gabriel.
For more information about Gabe visit booksfromgabriel.blogspot.com.