Sea Mar holding book drive for clients

Sea Mar Behavioral Health Center is holding a holiday book drive for its clients.

“For three or four weeks now, we’ve been collecting and saving books and we had more than 500 books donated,” said Emmanuel Montenegro, manager of the Sea Mar center

Sea Mar, located in Oak Harbor, provides mental health and chemical dependency services to adults, youth and children.

The organization will keep accepting books until Wednesday, Dec. 21.

After sorting through books dropped in collection boxes at local businesses and libraries, the program organizers began putting the books on display this week in the agency’s front lobby.

Though limited to two books each, about two dozen books were quickly selected by clients, Montenegro said. “Last year, we did a blanket and clothing drive that was a tremendous success and we hope to have the same success with books.”

Sea Mar serves about 100 clients with social service support, such as group and family therapy, drug and alcohol evaluations and DUI assessments. The center is part of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, which specializes in serving Latinos around Washington state.

The Sea Mar Behavioral Health Center/Oak Harbor opened in December 2013.

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