The Bible along with books about serial killers and vampires were for sale at the Oddities and Curiosities Fare in Del Mar.
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California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls Foundation began a weeklong book and school supply drive Monday to benefit Words Alive, a local nonprofit organization focused on reading for children, teens and families.

Through March 8, community members are encouraged to support Words Alive by making a financial donation to the book and school supply drive or purchase books or supplies from the Words Alive “wish list” on Amazon.

“Words Alive works with thousands of students — many struggling with distance learning, limited books and learning supplies at home, and being apart from loved ones over the past year,” said Words Alive Executive Director Rachel Orose. “This campaign will re-ignite a joy of reading for hundreds of children and families across San Diego.”

Monetary and supply donations made during the event will be tripled, with the San Diego Gulls Foundation and Cal Coast Credit Union each matching up to $1,500 in donations made. Links for the drive can be found at .

“The funds and materials raised for Words Alive will greatly assist students and families in our region and inspire them to use reading as a vital building block for their futures,” said Matt Savant, the Gulls’ president of business operations.

The San Diego Gulls and California Coast Credit Union have worked together in the past with the intent to make a positive impact in the community. Words Alive, based in San Diego, has served families in the region for more than two decades.

“Education is at the core of Cal Coast’s values and purpose, so we are proud to collaborate with the San Diego Gulls Foundation on the book and learning supply drive,” said California Coast Credit Union President and CEO Todd Lane. “Along with the San Diego Gulls Foundation, our goal is to promote and support reading and literacy to help transform people’s lives, especially in underserved communities.”