People across the Casey Cardinia region donated more than $17,000 worth of gifts and non-perishable food items to the Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) Deliver Joy Campaign in the lead up to Christmas in 2021. This generosity is almost double the 2020 donations, which is incredible considering the challenging times the community have been facing.
In years past, library members were able to get their library fines waived in return for donated gifts and food. However, in 2018 CCL permanently removed overdue fines, which changed the focus of this year’s campaign.
‘Deliver Joy’ has provided a call to action for people wanting to pay it forward and help people doing it tough. CCL CEO Beth Luppino said it was inspiring to witness the generosity of library members, even when the waiving of overdue fines was no longer an incentive.
The removal of overdue fines at CCL has proved a great success. There has been a relatively small increase in overdue items, more items are being borrowed and there has been a marked reduction in ‘lost items’.
CCL partnered with seven local charities during the six-week campaign, including The Andrews Centre, Cranbourne and Casey North CISS, Transit Outreach Service, Hampton Park Primary School, Emerald Lions Club and the Salvation Army (Pakenham), to ensure the donations were distributed to those who needed them most.
“Public libraries can contribute to stronger and more resilient communities in so many different ways. Libraries really do change lives”, concluded Luppino.
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