Members of the community have until Friday, May 4, to donate children's books and help area school children. The Humble Area Chamber of Commerces' Education Committee is sponsoring a book drive to benefit the children at Humble, Jack Fields, Lakeland and Northbelt elementary schools. Their goal is to collect 4,500 books. Terry Pinkston is the event chairman and has been for the past three years. She said that the book drive has grown since last year. “We've gotten more businesses joining as collection points and people are calling to find out where they can donate,” said Pinkston. Philippe Cras, owner of Homewood Suites by Hilton-Kingwood Parc, is asking the community to bring books by the hotel lobby. For each new or gently used book donated, Cras is offering the donor a free breakfast or dinner at the hotel prepared in Ginger's Kitchen. For a donation of 10 or more books, Cras is giving away a night's stay. "We have had an overwhelming response so far and had to get more donation boxes,” said Cras. Texas Roadhouse is taking $5 off the price of dinner with book donations and New York Pizzeria is offering a 15 percent discount to those dropping off books at their location. Ceil-Tex is giving 10 percent of each ceiling cleaning, painting, remodel, or build-out to the book drive. Learning Tools is giving a 10 percent discount off purchases with a children's book donation and The Movie Tavern will give the matinée price of $5 all day for those who give books. The following locations are also accepting books: A 2 Z Educational Supplies, Humble Abrakadoodle, Kingwood Beckwith’s Car Care Capitol One Bank, three locations Curves, Atascocita Deerbrook Forest Chrysler-Jeep, Kingwood Domestic Auto Experts, Atascocita & Tomball locations Growth Force, Kingwood Harris County Public Library, Atascocita Branch Harris County Public Library, Octavia Fields Branch, Humble H-E-B, Kingwood Humble Area Chamber of Commerce InvesTex Credit Union James E. Bashaw & Co., Kingwood Kroger at Northpark, Kingwood Martha Turner Properties at Town Center, Kingwood Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Humble Nationwide Insurance, Ken Stewart Agency, Humble Realty Associates, Humble The Gym, Humble Wal-Mart, Kingwood Books should be new or gently used and appropriate for children ages 4-13. Photo: 7-year-old Journey Green, left, 5-year-old Melody Ball and 7-year-old Genaro Balderas

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