Kick Off for Donations

Imagine if every child received a book every month in his/her home for the first five years of life.  Imagine the excitement those children would have in receiving those gifts.  Now imagine that this is a reality.

Eli Rogers is a freshman at Arnold High School, and on behalf of the Central Nebraska Interact students, he began seeking donations, no matter how big or small, to help the Dolly Parton Imagination Library mail age-appropriate books to the homes of children in Custer county.  The program is designed to inspire the love of reading and learning in children by spending time with family and friends sharing these books.  

We are asking for donations to make this possible for Custer county’s youngest children.  Donations will help cover the cost of the books at the wholesale price, while the Dolly foundation provides the initial expenses, key systems, postage, and administrative costs. The dedication and generosity of local partners is why this program can be a success.

For just $25 per child, per year; they get

  • A hard-bound or heavy paperback book
  • Titles from well-known authors
  • Tips for parents on what to talk about when they read it to their child
  • The mailing label shows that funding comes from Custer county

We need to create a “nest egg” of funds to draw from when Custer county parents begin to sign their children up. Our goal is to collect $15,000.  To celebrate the success of this project, we will publish in the newspapers a big thank you with a list of donors at a later date, unless directed otherwise.

To make a donation, please send a check to:

Arnold Community Foundation

℅ Central NE Interact Club

508 N Walnut

Arnold, NE 69120

*** Memo line:  Interact’s Dolly Project

Eli Rogers, Arnold Freshman, ,   Central Nebraska Interact Member,     Dolly Project Coordinator



ResourcesTo Replicate this Project:

“I would like to raise enough money to give books to all the kids in Custer County,” said Rogers. “I don’t know if it will be in one year, three years, or more.”