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TO: Mommy – Twelve million kids don’t own a single book in their house

By Rose Ayar

12 million children. Twelve million kids don’t own a single book in their house, and that’s only in the United States. 

When the founder of this program, John Mennell, told me and the other volunteers just how many people don’t have the privilege of books, I felt determined. Determined to change that number of kids and people. 

On Saturday and Sunday my family and I, and a few others volunteered to help organize magazines, count inventory, and more. There was supposed to be an open house where agencies would come and get magazines but unfortunately no agencies arrived. Even though what we had planned for the two days didn’t really go as planned, I think I speak for all the volunteers when I say that the experience we had was the best we could have asked for under the circumstances. So when John asked me if I could write a short blog about my weekend volunteering, I felt honored to. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog about the Magazine Literacy Program, since many people don’t have the resources to.


  • 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

  • Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Org (HERO)

    501(c)(3) charity
    Greensboro, AL
    Serving the following number of monthly readers by age:
    Young (5 – 8yrs): 50
    Youth (9-13yrs): 20
    Teens (13-19yrs): 50
    Parents (20-45yrs): 50
    Grandparents (45yrs +): 50
    Magazines Requested: Education or travel 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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