Earlier this year, on one of my biweekly deliveries to a family shelter in Boston, I was able to speak with a young mother who had returned from taking her 4-month-old son for a walk on a beautiful day. When she saw the large bundle of magazines I had, she smiled and said, “you are the magazine lady!” I said yes and asked if she would like some. She was thrilled and she said she was moving out of the shelter very soon to her own apartment with her new son, so she would love the Parenting magazines, and decorating and home magazines. One might never think when donating a magazine to a homeless shelter that they would be welcomed there, but, by taking time to speak, with this young mom, I was able to connect her with magazines that were of interest.
I always want the magazine to be a source of comfort and knowledge to the new readers, so continually ask for feedback from the families and staff at the shelters. When I handed a woman a recent issue of Parenting magazine, she noted the caption of an article on the cover: How to raise a polite child, and that caught her eye. She said that is so important and thanked me again for the magazines.
I could tell from speaking to her that she and her son where headed for new beginnings, and knowing how happy she was to receive the magazines once again solidified the importance of my efforts.