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Tell us your stories: Kibble and People mag feed a homeless kitten and neighbor

When I pulled into the grocery store parking lot today, I drove by a homeless women sitting on the curb – a too common sight.  She had some donated bags of groceries at her side, so there was some hopefulness in that.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a kitten and when I looked back in my side-view mirror, the kitten was jumping up playfully to catch the woman’s attention.  Anyone who has a pet cat or dog knows their unconditional love.  I was glad that kitten and neighbor had each other’s company and backs.

I’m no stranger to food drives, having stood in front of supermarkets on many occasions over the past 25 years to collect groceries for nearby food pantries.  At MagazineLiteracy.org, we’d like to explore the same idea to harvest magazines – gleaned by shoppers from the newsstand and dropped in collection bins to feed children and families hungry to read.

That morning I bought some organic Newman’s Own cat food and a toy for the kitten.  I stopped by the newsstand to find a Cat Fancy magazine, which was not available, and I purchased a copy of People magazine.  When I delivered the food and the toy for the kitten, the woman was very pleased.  When I gave her the People magazine, she was  pleasantly surprised.

That grocery store sold some extra cat food and an extra magazine that day.  Giving the magazine gift lifted the spirits of two neighbors – hers and mine.

Tell us your stories about changing lives of children and families in your community – one favorite magazine at a time.

  • Street Youth Ministry

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    Austin, TX, USA
    Needs: 20 magazines per week
    Magazines Requested: Car, Cooking, Traveling, Gardening, Organic Farming, Science, Nature, Body Building, and Religion magazines.

  • Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, Inc

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    Wyandanch, NY

    Serving the following number of individuals on a monthly basis:
    550 children ages 0-17
    630 adults ages 18-59
    35 seniors ages 60+

    Magazines Requested: Magazines for a wide age range of readers on topics such as cooking, women’s health, automobiles, teen trends, kids magazines etc.

  • Sunshine Acres Children’s Home School

    Sunshine Acres

    501(c)(3) Charity, School or Library
    Serve children ranging from 1st grade to college
    Mesa, AZ, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: any history, science, outdoors, economic, and any other educational magazines.

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