Record-setting video drive ends; distribution for holidays begins

Throughout the last two months, a Family Values and Children’s video drive was held with the goal of collecting 2,000 videos from area residents. The purpose of collecting these family values videos was to have them distributed to area shelters, daycare, churches, and needy families who would like to have available educational, children’s and family-based videos for their children to watch.

Studies have shown how much time children spend in front of videos and TV and the impact of that viewership. Further studies have shown that the content of what is viewed for hours every day also has an impact on these children. With that in mind, the video drive began with a goal to collect from families whose children have outgrown their old videos. Videos like School House Rock, Veggie Tales and Disney movies are the type of video sought for the Family Values Video Drive—the kind of videos children of all ages can watch.

More than 3,000 videos have been collected, as well as 50 VCR and DVD players donated by the Illinois Retailer Association. There were also a handful of TVs donated toward the drive.

The committee began distribution Wednesday, Dec. 13 to the first group of recipient organizations: Red Cross Family Shelter, Salvation Army and Life Center.

From the Dec. 20-26, 2006, issue

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