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Kansas first lady Mary Brownback has donated 500 books from the Kansas Book Festival to the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Brownback made the presentation to two Marines on Thursday at Cedar Crest, the governor's official residence in northwest Topeka. Brownback is a supporter of several literacy programs in Kansas, including the Kansas Book Festival.
Included in the donation were 22 different titles for reading levels from kindergarten through seventh grade. The books were a donation from the Scholastic publishing company to Brownback for her to distribute.
Marines will be collecting more toys at various locations across Kansas from Friday through Monday. The Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys from October through December each year and distributes them to children in several Kansas communities.