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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.

  • Remsterville Learning Center

    School
    45 preschool students, 45 adult readers with high school education, and 20 teens
    Bridgeton, NJ, USA
    Needs: 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested: Any magazines geared towards parents, children, families, and education.

  • A New Leaf

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Mesa, Arizona, USA
    Serving girls and boys ages 12 to 17 with reading levels 6th grade and up
    Needs enough magazines for 10 girls and 16 boys
    Magazines Requested: Any sports magazines, any car magazines, any fashion magazines, and any entertainment magazines

  • 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.

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