On one hand, the Gus Bus picking up yet another book donation is wonderful this time of year, but to add to the fun, the Success By Six Coalition of the Shenandoah Valley decided to award local businesses and childcare providers for going above and beyond the call of duty.
"There's a lot of good stuff in here!" exclaimed Annie Hololob, the community relations manager at Barnes and Nobles.
Thanks to the donations of the community, many children will have plenty to read next year.
Hololob says, "Since the beginning of the year, we've been collecting books for the Gus Bus, and to this point, we're going to keep collecting through January 1, but right now we're at about 2,400 books."
The Gus Bus is a mobile literacy vehicle serving children from pre-school and up. They use the books donated to help educate children through reading.
"To be able to get brand new books is a wonderful thing, and giving them away is just great," says Mike Deaton with the Gus Bus.
But the Gus Bus pick up Thursday wasn't just a typical stop. Pat Kennedy, who works with the Gus Bus, had a special announcement.
"We decided to honor local businesses and local child care providers who are doing an exceptional job going above and beyond the call of duty," says Kennedy.
The Success by Six Coalition is offering four awards, including ones for a local business, a local childcare provider, a local coalition and an individual.
"We're really excited because our local business person award, the individual award, is going to Miss Annie Hololob," said Kennedy.
And not to steal Hololob's thunder, another recipient was named Thursday as well.
Kennedy announced, "And our corporate award is going to WHSV-TV3 for putting children first. Tracey Jones, we are very,very pleased and honored to give you this award."
So not only did the Gus Bus bring cheer for more children, they helped brighten the day of the recipients as well.
The other winners for the Success by Six awards were Chick-Fil-A and the Brown/Memorial Childcare service in McGaheysville.