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Children’s Hospital Book Market remains on hold in Winnipeg, book donations not needed

Organizers of the Winnipeg Children's Book Market say the annual fundraiser remains on hold this spring. Devon Latchuk / Global News

Organizers of the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital Book Market say the fundraiser remains on hold and Winnipeggers are being asked to hold off on donating books for the normally-annual event.

The book sale, traditionally held this time of year, has been on hiatus since the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 was first detected in Manitoba.

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In a release Wednesday organizers say donations have been piling up ever since.

“Volunteers have been unable to gather to sort and organize donated items,” reads the release.

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“Thanks to generous community members, there are still many donated books in storage and new ones cannot be accepted.”

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Winnipeggers are being asked not to drop books off at firehalls or Dufresne Furniture and Appliances stores until further notice.

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The book sale typically raises more than $300,000 and helps fund programs like music therapy, a playroom for children and an in-house television that provides entertainment for children in hospital.

While the book sale remains on hold, financial donations can still be made to help the Children’s Hospital at goodbear.ca.

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