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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.


  • 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.

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

  • CHEFS Homeless Job Training

    Homeless, Job Training
    40 men and women
    San Francisco, CA USA
    Needs: 40 Magazines
    Magazines Requested: Food Network magazine

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