Gift to Goodwill’s BookWorks Program Honors Son’s Dedication to Helping Children


Adam Hanson book room will serve children in Sumter and Marion counties

OXFORD, FLA. – Stanley and Martha Hanson lost their son Adam in a motorcycle accident in 2006 but his memory lives on through the “Adam Hanson Communities Fund,” which makes grants to deserving organizations, especially those serving children. In honor of a $25,000 gift from the fund to Goodwill’s BookWorks children’s literacy program, the BookWorks book room at the Goodwill store in Oxford will be named for Adam Hanson. A plaque honoring Adam Hanson will also be installed at the front of the store at 11954 CR 105, Oxford, across from The Villages Walmart.

The dedication of the Adam Hanson Book Room will be Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m.  Mr. and Mrs. Hanson will attend the dedication along with BookWorks volunteers and Goodwill board members.

“We do not have any grandchildren, so this fund provides Martha and me the opportunity to “adopt and help” grandchildren of others from our community,” said Stanley Hanson.

Goodwill’s BookWorks program promotes literacy by giving books to children from families with low incomes. Goodwill volunteers read to children at Head Start centers and other locations and then present each child with a personalized book to take home. The program is designed to spark a love of reading to help prepare children for success later in life. Last year BookWorks volunteers presented books to more than 41,000 children.

“This gift will allow for the purchase of thousands of books for children who may not have them. We’re honored to help carry on Adam’s legacy of helping children,” said Goodwill-Suncoast President Deborah Passerini.

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training and job placement for people with disabilities, a children’s literacy program, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, visit

2019-04-01T15:08:53-04:00April 1st, 2019|