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Hannah Tagge with books

By starting a Facebook page called "Hannah's Hour of Giving," Lincoln fifth-grader Hannah Tagge raised over $1300 to purchase and donate 370 books to underprivileged children in the Lincoln community.

Hanna Tagge is a Lincoln fifth-grader and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church who discovered that she can make a difference for underprivileged children in Lincoln.

As she approaches the season for holy confirmation, her CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) class is preparing by doing 10 hours of community service. Hanna did a few hours of service by picking up trash around the neighborhood and helping with yard work. But she wanted to do more -- something more meaningful to her.

So she reached out to her aunt, Whitney Weaver, who is an Usborne Books consultant, and together they started a Facebook group called “Hanna’s Hours of Giving.” They posted daily for five days, giving family and friends the opportunity to donate books or monetary gifts.

At the end of the week, Hanna had raised over $1,300, allowing her to purchase and donate 370 books to underprivileged children in the Lincoln community.

On Thursday, Dec. 27, after two months of planning, receiving, sorting and packing, Hanna delivered the books to Cedars, People’s City Mission, Bryan Health and Nebraska Heart Hospital.

In Hannah's words: "During the holidays, you think, 'This is what I want, and this is what I want and this is what I'm going to ask for,' probably as most kids do. But then I also thought, there are kids who don't have the opportunity to say 'I want this, I want that.'

“I wanted to be the one to give them their 'I want.'"

And so she did.

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