United Way of Mesa County have joined a number of other local businesses in participating in the first Colorado Business Reads book drive for the Western Slope.

Executive Partnering to Invest in Children, also known as EPIC, and the Office of Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne have already provided thousands of free books to children across the state in the past, but now need the help of the Western Slope.

United Way representatives said they have already joined many other local businesses in the Grand Valley for the book drive. All they ask is for help from area residents to donate their unwanted books. Honora Thompson with United Way explained, “we want to make sure that the books are in good condition. They can be new or gently used…as long as you would like to receive it, it’s probably in good enough condition to give.”

Drop off boxes have already been set up at participating businesses, which include: Alpine Bank branches, Bank of the San Juans branches, CommWest, Enstrom Candies locations, FedEx, HopeWest, Office Outfitters, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, American Furniture Warehouse, Mesa County offices including the Fairgrounds, Central Services, the Old Courthouse and the Department of Human Services.

Residents in the Grand Valley can drop off books for the rest of the month of April. The books will then be collected and later, be on display for children of all ages to take home Saturday, May 6th, from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Mesa Mall.