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

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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.


  • 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.

  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County

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    501(c)(3) Charity
    40 individuals per month of both genders age 16 and older. Some children are immigrants
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Needs: 40 per month
    Magazines requested: any and all magazines.

  • A New Leaf

    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

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