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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.

  • Rocking the Boat

    501(c)(3) charity
    Bronx, NY
    Serving roughly 75 boys and girls (high school)
    Magazines Requested: Wooden Boat magazine, Fine Woodworking, Sail, National Geographic

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

  • 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.

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