The Fort Saskatchewan Public Library is aiming to ensure every child is given the gift of a book this Christmas.
The library was raising money to buy books for underprivileged kids in the Fort, when a local author decided to take action.
Chris Robertson, author of To The Top Canada, donated $3,000 worth of his books to the library.
"I'm proud to support this initiative and Fort Saskatchewan is my home, I want to do everything in my power as a citizen to make this the greatest place to live in Canada," said Robertson.
When kids open the present on Christmas morning, they'll be getting more than just a book.
"Studies show that the number one way to get people out of poverty is to teach literacy," explained Robertson. "When we teach our children to read, we're giving them a gift that will not only last right now but will last them all their life."
The library's A Book for Every Child drive runs until December 1. Residents can donate a new children's book at the library or buy a light bulb for $2.
The donations will go towards the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank's annual Christmas Hamper campaign.