Food for Fines and other Ways to Serve

Paying off a library fine can come with the bonus of helping locals in need as Food for Fines at the Uintah County Library is now underway. Every year during the holidays, the library accepts canned goods in lieu of fines that will then be donated to the Ashley Valley Food Pantry. “This is a great chance to get rid of your overdue fines and help feed the hungry,” shares Library Director Sam Passey. “We will waive your overdue fees $1 per can donated.” This does not apply to lost or damaged items, however. Last year, the library set a goal of gathering 3,000 pounds of canned goods during the holidays and ended up with over 3,500 pounds of food donated. The neighboring Uintah Heritage Museum also has a simple service opportunity that could truly brighten the Christmas season for local elderly community members. A card making station will be open at the Heritage Museum during museum hours where homemade Christmas cards can be made until December 23rd. These cards will be delivered with Meals on Wheels and to other elderly locals. Spreading the joy of the season doesn't have to be complicated or expensive as the Uintah County Library and Heritage Museum are evidence of.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.