As President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, I am honored to be working with The UPS Store network as we join forces once again to deliver joy and hope this holiday season to our neediest children.
The Toys for Tots Literacy Program offers our nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books that will enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively.
Since the program’s inception in March 2008, The UPS Store network and its customers have raised nearly $1.5 million to purchase books for children nationwide. This accomplishment is extraordinary, especially in light of our most recent economic hardships.
I’d like to share with you the story of Margaret King, this year’s winner of the second-annual Alferd Williams Literacy Award. This award, created as part of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, recognizes individuals who are dedicated to improving our nation’s literacy rates.
King, a teacher of 27 years at Medford Elementary in Patchogue, N.Y., has inspired children to read both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to starting the Medford Book Mobile, King launched a literacy project called “Literacy at the Laundromat,” where, through donations, she created a reading corner inside one of the local Laundromats to encourage children to read as they wait with their parents. You can visit www.scholastic.com/literacy to read her nomination as well as the four runner-up entries—all are truly inspiring.
With unemployment in our nation reaching a staggering 9.7% and school budgets under attack, our nation’s less-fortunate children need your support now more than ever. Every dollar donated helps put books into the hands of these children in your local community.
Now through December 31, participating The UPS Store locations nationwide are selling donation cards. As we kick off our 2010 holiday campaign, imagine how many hundreds of thousands of books we could deliver to your communities if every The UPS Store customer donated just $1 this holiday season.
Together, we can make a significant impact on the lives of children in the communities in which you live and work.
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