Books bring us together; they offer a common ground for empathy and discussion. At our 6th annual Fringe Book Sale in coordination with staff and patients at Alberta Health Services (AHS), they gave community members a chance to give back. If you made your way to the Old Strathcona Fringe grounds this August, chances are you walked past the stalls on your way to catch a play.
The yearly book sale is a valuable way to get a variety of individuals involved in the support of mental health. Throughout the spring months, staff at AHS hold a book drive in preparation; thousands of books are donated to the cause.
In addition, this event provides an opportunity for mental health clinics—including clients—to volunteer, engage with the larger community, and be empowered to fundraise for a program which will benefit them.