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      Storybooks for soldiers hit shelves for a second year

      UPDATED: September 1 at 5:35 p.m.

      Speaking of our soldiers overseas, we've been telling you last month about Kirlin's Storybooks for Soldiers program.

      Throughout August all Kirlin's Hallmark locations have been collecting money to send these special books to soldiers.

      They allow soldiers to personally record their voices reading stories to their children.

      We've learned as of Thursday, September 1 almost eight thousand books have been purchased for soldiers.

      At least 55 of them came from students at Quincy Junior High, who collected more than eleven hundred dollars for the cause last week.


      UPDATED: August 29 at 3 p.m.

      Kirlin's Storybooks for Soldiers program got a boost today. All last week students at Quincy Junior High school collected money to donate to the effort.

      They collected more than eleven hundred dollars to purchase 55 storybooks.

      The money was presented to Kirlin's employees Monday.

      The books are pretty special, allowing soldiers to personally record his or her own voice reading a that will be heard thousands of miles away by families back home.

      Kirlin's is accepting donations for the books through the end of this month.

      ORIGINAL STORY: August 14

      Storybooks for soldiers are preparing to make a second tour overseas.

      With your help, Kirlin's Hallmark and Operation Support our Troops are hoping to give thousands of soldiers a magical Christmas gift. It's a storybook that that allows each soldier to personally record his or her own voice reading a story, one that will be heard thousands of miles away by families back home.

      Throughout the month of August, Kirlin's will collect both the Night Before Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas, all from customer donations. Then, in mid-September, crews will ship them overseas to members in the military.

      "The pictures and letters we got back were amazing. Even from families saying, 'You'll never believe what Daddy sent me. I got a book with his voice on it.' Know that we're able to help in a small way to give a kid a book with mommy and daddy voice on it, when they can't be with them, that means more than anything," said Dana Golden, a store manager at Kirlin's in Quincy.

      Last year, Kirlin's sent close to 5 thousand books to our soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq and various military hospitals. This year, it's hoping to top that.