As children put books in their classroom collection boxes, they made comments such as, "This is a good book," or "I read this whole series and so did my brother," Olian said.
"For these kids who have things, to be able to give something to somebody else is wonderful," Olian said.
Susan Shumate, vice president of the Daily Gazette Co., greeted and thanked students as they loaded the van.
"We're pleased the community is excited about it and people are donating to it," Shumate said. "This is something we can do annually to help children develop a love of reading."
The Happy Valentine's Book Drive continues until Feb. 14.
Books will be distributed to children around the state with the help of book-drive partners Children's Home Society and Read Aloud West Virginia.
Donors may drop off children's books that are clean and in good shape at Charleston Newspapers, 1001 Virginia Street E., seven days a week until Feb. 14. Donations also are being collected at Kanawha County Public Library branches, at the main branch of the Putnam County Public Library and at Children's Home Society locations when those sites are open.
Reach Dawn Miller at d...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5117.