Fundraiser + Book-Drive + Tweetup = Toys For Tots Success

It doesn’t take much to touch a life… but it means so much.

That’s what today’s story is about: how a small group of people are touching lives.

I once heard it said that:

if you can learn to read, you can learn anything.

It doesn't take much to touch a life...

It doesn't take much to touch a life...

I believe that to be not only true, but also very powerful.

That’s why I love reading.

A Whole New World

I love traveling around and meeting new people, exploring new places and learning new things. I do it as often as I can, but time & finances have an influence on where and how often I travel. (Not to mention that Bumblebee doesn’t do well in snow or on dirt roads)

Reading, though, takes care of that problem.

When you’re reading a book, there are no limits. You can learn all about those far away places. You can know what it was like to live in the mind of that hero or role model from centuries ago. You begin to comprehend concepts that you might not otherwise have known about.

@Manicsocratic, going above and beyond

@Manicsocratic, going above and beyond

Reading Changes Everything

In the not-so-distant past, there was a time that the majority of people couldn’t read. Only the scholars, the wealthy, or the religious leaders could read. This was a time of little progress or innovation, and a time of much tyranny & injustice in the world.

I remember the story of William Tyndale, who first translated the bible into English. He was so enraged at the injustice of a people kept in darkness because they didn’t have access to the information in a book that was so important to them. Though his very existence was threatened because of it, he committed his life to making the information in that book available to the public. He said:

If God spare my life, ere many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the Scripture than thou dost.

Tyndale understood the power that reading has to fill a person’s mind with valuable information and open them up to new possibilities.

Even small acts can make a big difference.

Whoever gets this book is definitely #lovinlogistics

This is part that applies to us today. Enter the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

The Toys For Tots Literacy Program is a partnership between The UPS Store / Mailboxes Etc & the Marines Toys For Tots organization that provides books to young children who might not otherwise have the chance to have books in their lives.

According to the Toys For Tots Literacy Program website:

Nearly $1.5 million have been contributed to the program since its inception, helping to deliver more than one million books to children across the country.

Combine It With A Tweetup…

With @Childhood at the helm, an awesome group here in Phoenix decided to get together and do a book drive and fundraiser at a local The UPS Store, followed by a tweetup at an adjacent Mexican restaurant. (Mmmmm, tacos)

People came down to The UPS Store. They brought books, some brought cash. All brought a giving heart and had a lot of fun.

Most of all, a child, somewhere in the country, had a book sent their way to open their mind to new possibilities.

As today was Read Across America day, I’d encourage you to give the gift of a book to a child that might just end up changing the world…

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  • Anonymous

    Super bummed the other half’s work schedule prevented our attendance. I’m sure I would have been just as emotional there as I am in this moment. thanks for sharing the results.

  • Thanks so much for sharing the cause Joseph! It’s one that has become near and dear to me!

  • I’m glad I was able to take my daughter to donate a big box of books and share her love for reading with other kids. I truly believe that reading unlocks the world. Especially for kids who may not have a lot, a book becomes a prized possession and a window to a unlimited view.

    Thank you for sharing this, Joseph. You’re absolutely right that a book might just be what give a child the idea that they can change the world.

    I had a terrific time at the tweetup and it was a wonderful opportunity for my daughter to, again, see first hand that one by one we each make a difference.

  • Sara, that is so cool that your daughter loves to read, and that she was interested in sharing with others. That is a huge testament to your capacity as a mother.
    Thanks for the comment & the kind words. :)

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