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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.

Ranger Rick

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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  • Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Org (HERO)

    501(c)(3) charity
    Greensboro, AL
    Serving the following number of monthly readers by age:
    Young (5 – 8yrs): 50
    Youth (9-13yrs): 20
    Teens (13-19yrs): 50
    Parents (20-45yrs): 50
    Grandparents (45yrs +): 50
    Magazines Requested: Education or travel magazines

  • 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.

  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

    501(c)(3) Charity
    40 individuals per month of both genders age 16 and older. Some children are immigrants
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 40 per month
    Magazines requested: any and all magazines.

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