Books! Books! and more books for Twana Twitu: the Malonza Sisters gift us at Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the kids jingle belling,
And everyone telling you, “Be of good cheer,”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

We’re getting ourselves in the Christmas spirit and have been blessed with a reason to smile: Jewel and Joy Malonza, the first two reindeers bearing us gifts.

When they first came up with the idea of holding a book drive for Twana Twitu, it was, the put it “like a slow epiphany which held us and never let go.” Suggested by their parents Dan and Mary Malonza, the idea of gathering books was simple and fun. The books would bring happiness to a beautiful child and allow them to share. It sounded great! And they got to work.

They started spreading the word through the student population of Spring Valley High, announcing it in each of their classes as well as at the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings. From here came the opportunity to let even more students aware of their goal with a friend helping them integrate it into Winter Days; a school wide charity event held in the Christmas season with the primary purpose of giving to those in their local South Carolina community who are in need. With their book drive, however, Winter Days was going international! It was not long before it had splattered itself onto the morning announcements, as well as onto bulletins that were posted throughout the school.

In two months time and despite their original plan to collect 300 books, more than 1000 books had flooded into numerous boxes from students throughout the school! Ranging from mystery novels to fables, the books, which recently arrived in Kenya, are going to fill our bookshelves with boundless journeys not only for the Twana Twitu family but also the broader community, which will at liberty tap the resource.

Twana Twitu is appreciative of these ladies and would like to say ‘thank you!’ to them for bringing us sparkle and joy at this festive time.

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