NMSU students collect books for homeless children

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A group of students at New Mexico State University have collected more than 600 books and magazines for a special library that serves homeless children.

The Communication Studies Graduate Student Association in the College of Arts and Sciences organized the book drive to help out the nonprofit group Jardin de los Ninos.

The students began collecting books in September and spent about two months gathering various donations. They relied on word-of-mouth to promote their efforts.

Officials say the new library at Jardin de los Ninos is a "giving library," meaning that children are allowed to choose books and keep them.

The library is named in honor of Jackson Carl Whelpley, an Onate High School graduate who died after being struck by lightning a day before he was to begin college in Missouri.

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