MagazineLiteracy.org is an entreprenaural start-up, fueled by bold, passionate, driven volunteers. I often receive emails from the field that remind me of the line in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when Zuzu Bailey hears a bell ring and exclaims,
“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”
Each of these emails is a ringing bell.
Early this morning I received an email from a wonderful person in Brooklyn who had originally written to inquire about donating recycled magazines for new readers. I replied that we were not set up well yet in her area, but would do our best to match her magazines to meet nearby literacy needs (we never say no). When you read it her immediate response, you will understand my joy:
I work in a restaurant. We get the New Yorker delivered… I ended up recycling a bunch of them a couple weeks back after I first emailed you… I live in Brooklyn NY and work in NYC. If the program is not well established in this area I’d like to help you to start it up…
Katie Simmons in Boston is another angel investor in our global magazine literacy enterprise – since beginning her volunteer investment (she would say adventure) more than a year ago, Katie has collected thousands of magazines for children and families in homeless and domestic violence shelters, after-school programs, senior centers, and many other community literacy programs. She is relentless and unstoppable in her passion and generous giving.
A few days ago, I received an email from Lori Moody, and the angel bell rang again.
Just a note to let you know the magazine drives I’ve been involved with the last year have been very rewarding. Several of my friends and family pitched in to help bring magazines to those that would never have received such reading materials.
We started in Atlanta with a successful drive last September and October and delivered over 1,000 magazines to several homeless shelters, and nursing homes throughout the city… I also had a drive in Orlando, with the help of my son, and several close friends. We collected magazines from churches, doctors offices, and anyone that found out about our effort… a group that helps teens through rough times received the majority of the magazines, as well as a nursing home.
I wanted to let you know how… Magazine Literacy has truly impacted a lot of lives. The hours of enjoying magazines, truly does provide an escape of pleasure, as well as offering literacy skills… I am glad to be involved.
A couple years ago, a kindergarten teacher organized his children to collect and deliver recycled magazines to a nearby homeless shelter.
A few weeks ago, Tensie reported collecting 600 magazines in Miami, and they are still coming in. Each and every one, and countless others, are angel investors helping to change the world, one magazine at a time.
In the next couple of weeks, bells will be ringing in the start of a new school year. Children return to school hungry for knowledge. Become an angel investor to feed kids and families hungry to love and learn to read.