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A Lucky day for magazine literacy

Thank you Conde Nast for shipping us 11 boxes of Lucky magazine, which will be recycled to new readers in homeless and domestic violence shelters, and in bags of groceries delivered to families by food pantries.

The question is often raised whether a homeless, or hungry, or battered person can really appreciate or enjoy a lifestyle magazine like Lucky, filled with page after page of glorious, though seemingly irrelevant or unattainable trinkets. My reaction? Though I may never pilot a futuristic jet into space, I love to read about them blazing through the pages of Popular Science magazine. I may never own a 75 foot yacht, but my smile widens at the sight of a magazine cover filled with a classic sailing vessel bent windward. Are these things any more relevant or attainable to me outside my pure joy discovering them in magazines bought from the newsstand or that arrive in my mailbox? (In the spirit of full disclosure, and much to my family’s dismay, I did purchase my own wooden sinkhole at auction on ebay – a classic 25 foot folkboat – $80 to own it… $800 to move it to my backyard for restoration).

For ourselves, we may wish to see things, not as they are today, but as they can be tomorrow. No matter our current station in life, we can hope and dream, and set goals, or just simply enjoy the world around us without expectation – whether a raindrop sliding down a window pane, a pretty weed flowering in a sidewalk crack, or a wonderful magazine. These are all gifts.

It is not necessarily so much in their colorful, material glamor that magazines of any type create value for new readers. But, in in the access; the availability; the reach; and the freedom to read about those things that bring knowledge, pleasure and joy. In this, we are created equal.

  • 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.

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Henderson Middle School

    School or Library
    Students Grades 6-8
    Richmond, VA USA
    Needs: 75 Magazines
    Magazines Requested Oprah, Ebony, Cobblestone, Highlights, Cricket, Calliope, OWL, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Kids Discover, ASK, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, Dig, Boys Life, Teen Magazines and Music Related Titles.

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