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Rachel Glovinsky is young philanthropist

Ten-year-old Rachel Glovinsky is proof that you’re never too young to make a difference.

The Rancho Penasquitos youth recently collected more than 350 children’s books, which were then donated for patients at the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD.

“I was quite touched that a little girl would have gone into this project on her own,” said Charlotte Perry, co-chair of the San Diego chapter of the Light One Little Candle Foundation, which is coordinating the disbursement of the books.

After Glovinsky’s father was injured in an accident and seeing how nice people were, the youngster was inspired to pass along that good will. Now, every December, she is committed to performing one good deed.

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She learned about Light One Little Candle after doing research on the Internet for “good deeds.”

Founded by a Connecticut mother fighting breast cancer who found solace in reading books with her daughter, the organization now works with hospital and cancer centers across the U.S. to distribute new children’s books to patients so they have an activity to enjoy with their children.

“I thought, ‘That’s a perfect thing and I can do it myself,’” Glovinsky said.

She organized a book drive at Park Village Elementary School, enlisting the aid of her teacher, Mrs. Lori Novak.

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“She has a thing for books and she had a million books,” Glovinsky said. “That helped the most.”

Students and staff at the school donated approximately 400 books, which Glovinsky then presented to the local Light One Little Candle chapter.

“We’re giving the books to the parents or grandparents who have cancer,” Perry explained.

Established in November 2006 by Shirley Tulin, who read about the foundation, Moore’s Light One Little Candle has distributed more than 1,000 books. Perry said they welcome donations of new books, both in English and Spanish, for children up to age 12.

Since Glovinsky’s donation, other classrooms and individuals have stepped up to help the group, including a foundation in Chicago and well-known philanthropist Audrey Geisel.

“I think I’m going to do another book drive since I’m going into middle school,” Glovinsky said. “I think all of this is fun. It’s something that makes me happy.”