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Why You Should Have a Blind Date With a Book

Terina Ria
Terina Ria
Posted on October 5
Blind Date books at The King English Bookshop. (Ali Vallarta/City Cast Salt Lake)

Blind Date books at The King English Bookshop. (Ali Vallarta/City Cast Salt Lake)

Looking to give back? Here’s this week’s roundup of ways to help your neighbor.

📚 Brain Food Books

Every Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Brain Food Books sells gently used books to raise funds for their nonprofit at The King’s English Bookshop. They put books into the hands of those without regular access.

Plus, check out their Blind Date with a Book cart out front. It’s a super cute concept to not judge a book by its cover. The books are wrapped in paper with hints at the themes or characters inside (pictured, above!). Grab a book, donate what you can, and 100% of the funds will go to Brain Food Books.

🧤 Warm Winter Coat Drive

Millcreek Business Council is hosting a warm winter coat drive, now through Oct. 31 at Millcreek Common (1354 E. Chambers Ave., Millcreek, UT 84106). Drop off coats, socks, hats, winter gloves, scarves, and winter boots.

🥥 The Coconut Hut Donation Drop

The Coconut Hut provides unhoused community outreach. They’re looking for fall and winter donations which can be conveniently dropped off at evo’s All Together Skatepark (600 S. 400 W., Suite 300, SLC, UT 84101). Here’s what they need most:

  • Tents and tarps
  • Sleeping bags, blankets and emergency blankets
  • Coats, jackets and scarves
  • Hats, gloves and hand warmers
  • Winter shoes and boots
  • Socks — new or lightly used (washed)
  • Snacks, shelf-stable foods and hand sanitizer
  • Small green propane canisters and sternos/canned heat

🐕 Empty the Shelters

At critical capacity, Weber County Animal Shelter is holding an “Empty the Shelters” adoption event, now through Oct. 15. Dogs will be $20 and cats will be $5.

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