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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.


  • Wave City Care: Shine Program

    501(c)(3) charity
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Serving: Girls in from grades 5th through 12th
    Needs: 50 magazines per month, year round
    Magazines Requested: Girls teen, Career, National Geographic, Fashion, Home, Family, Women, Seventeen, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Self, Good Housekeeping, Home Journal, Ellle, Homes & Garden

  • Mile High Youth Corps

    501(c)(3) charity
    Education
    Needs: 30 to 100 magazines
    Magazines Requested:
    For Corps members to read to their children: -Kids -Kids Discover -Sports Illustrated Kids -Humpty Dumpty -Hop scotch for Girls -Chick-a-dee -Highlights -Hello -Turtle -Yum for Kids.
    For Corps members to read on their own: -Readers Digest -National Geographic -Sports Illustrated -Make -Men’s Health -Ebony -Kiplinger -Self -O -The New Yorker -Wired

  • Henderson Middle School

    School or Library
    Students Grades 6-8
    Richmond, VA USA
    Needs: 75 Magazines
    Magazines Requested Oprah, Ebony, Cobblestone, Highlights, Cricket, Calliope, OWL, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for Kids, Kids Discover, ASK, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, Dig, Boys Life, Teen Magazines and Music Related Titles.

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