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Tonight, Ranger Rick keeps a boy who loves frogs company in a domestic violence shelter

Boston volunteer Katie Simmons – in her words – why we do what we do

As we get ready to celebrate our 10th birthday – we want to tell the world about a very special person who has been the soul of our project for all these years. For years, Katie Simmons delivered thousands of magazines every month out of the trunk of her car to twenty homeless and domestic violence shelters in Boston. Her compassion and leadership set an example that kept our program alive and launched a thousand ships.

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Listen to this and you will know why we do what we do to get the beautiful magazines we love into the hands, homes, and hearts of at-risk children and families.

…Oh my goodness, another just heartwarming, wonderful interaction… I just dropped off magazines at a women’s shelter… they happened to be having dinner, and this little boy was talking to the woman I was giving magazines to and she was saying the women love the magazines and this is great…

And, this boy came up and I introduced myself and said, “Hey, how old are you?”… and he said, “I’m in the second grade, but I should be in the third grade.”… and I said, “Do you like magazines?”… and he said, “I LOVE magazines!”… so I said, “Do you like nature?”… and he said, “I DO!”…and so I, of course, ran out to my Jeep, and gave him four Ranger Ricks, because he told me he loves frogs.

brighton_whole_foods_kickoff_350pxOh my gosh! I almost started crying every time… just because, you know, I think… here he was as part of a family that was part of domestic violence, but yet now, he is just so happy when he sees the magazine and the woman even said to me, “Oh, I’m sure he is going to take them to bed tonight.”… and he has a little brother, so he told me he was going to give his little brother a magazine too!

 

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  • Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center

    501(c)(3) Charity, Family Resource Center
    160 bilingual children per month ranging from a 1st to 6th grade reading level
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Needs: 160 magazines
    Magazines Requested: any nature magazines, any sports magazines, any leadership magazines, any education magazines, any travel magazines and any appropriate entertainment magazines.

  • Adult Literacy Plus Of Southwest Arizona

    501(c)(3) Charity, School or Library, Adult Education, GED
    Yuma, AZ
    Serving a minimum of 150 students a month ranging in ages from 16 to 70 years old. Reading levels range from third grade to first-year college levels. However, the most common age of students is between 19 and 35.
    Needs: Approximately 150 magazines per month
    Magazines Requested: Magazines showing places, people, and animals around the world. Any magazines about hobbies or sports. Magazines that open students’ eyes to the world around them.

  • Nunavut Inuit Families

    Education Program
    1,500 children and adults
    Nunavut Territory, Canada
    Needs: 250 magazines and comics
    National Geographic Little Kids, National Geographic Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, education and fishing magazines, and comics.

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