Published on December 19, 2016

Local Scout Donates More than 1,500 Books to Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital

On December 19, a local Boy Scout donated more than 1,500 books that he collected for Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing, as part of an Eagle Scout community fundraising project.

In October, Ben Delp, an Eagle Scout for the Boy Scouts of America, reached out to the Volunteer Services Office at Reading Health to discuss possible fundraising opportunities. After discussing several options, Delp chose to hold a book drive for Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital after learning the rehabilitation hospital would benefit from having large-print books available at the facility for its patients to read. Delp got right to work, and his efforts far exceeded everyone's expectations.

On December 19, Delp presented the rehabilitation hospital with more than 1,500 large-print and regular-print books. Delp even separated the books by genre and boxed them for the hospital.

Hospital leadership and members of the hospital's Board of Directors were on hand to accept his generous donation.

The Friends of Reading Hospital, which helps support Reading Health programs, complemented Delp's gift by donating reading glasses for patients who might need them.