|Category:||Caring for Communities, Inside UPS|
|Tags:||literacy, Marines, small business, The UPS Store franchise, Toys for Tots|
To me, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family, give back to those in need, and appreciate the people around us. As a former Marine Corps Major and The UPS Store owner in Kearney, Missouri, I know how important giving back to those in need is. I’m proud to be a part of a network of businesses that support the community and those less fortunate within it.
I’ve been supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a foundation that donates new toys to children each holiday season, for over 40 years. So when The UPS Store franchise network teamed up with them in 2008 to create the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a cause dedicated to providing less fortunate children in our communities with new books, I immediately started to think about how well this would blend in with our existing community support of education, including providing teacher discounts and supporting the “Take a New Teacher to Lunch” program put on by our Chamber of Commerce.