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Canned goods replace library fines for the February

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

If you have library fines in Randolph County, the month of February may be the best time to return them.

February is “Have a Heart Month” and the county library is hosting the “Food for Fines” drive in honor of this month.

If anyone has library fines, they can bring in canned foods instead of paying the fine.

“If they have fines we actually just take them off, whether it be fifty cents or thirty dollars,” Library director Jackie Salyards said.

Salyards said this is the third year the library has hosted this drive and she said it has grown.

“Sometimes we do three or four boxes and sometimes it is just two, but every little bit helps,” Salyards said.

All of the food donated is given to the Salvation Army who is in need of donations right now.

“It is bad times, there are not jobs everywhere and people need help. It is a community help thing,” Salyards said.

Salyards said there is no specific amount of food someone should donate, but they encourage people to donate accordingly.

“Use your own judgment and we are supposed to take care of one another. So this is a kind of a thing to help others that can’t help themselves,” Salyards said.

The event will start on Monday Feb. 1 and go until the end of the month. 

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