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.
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.
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.
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…
- Featured on Fox News – 12 Days of Holiday Giving Using Social Media
- A big THANK YOU from the blue hair…
- #12DaysOfGiving Day 12: Beth Kanter @Kanter & Sharing International
- #12DaysOfGiving Day 11: Lisa Hammond @thebarefootceo & Grameen America
- #12DaysOfGiving Day 10: Dan Meyer @halfdan & @Compassion International
SQIAR BI: Thanks a lot for sharing this with all f
From tweet to meet: Collaboration 2.0 | DesignBusiness: [...] and influence in social media to s
A Brief History of Social Media Fundraising | HelpAttack!: [...] #12DaysOfGiving (December) [...]
Michelle Sedas: Thank you, Lovely Lisa, for letting your
Michelle Sedas: I'd really *like* to get a "12" tattoo o
- #12DaysOfGiving (15)
- Arizona (17)
- Costa Rica (3)
- Denver (8)
- Georgia (1)
- Indiana (1)
- Main Content (2)
- Manitoba (14)
- Meetups / Tweetups (14)
- Nevada (4)
- New York (1)
- North Dakota (1)
- Social Media Adventure in the Media (13)
- Social Media Quirks (17)
- Tennessee (1)
- Texas (1)
- Tidbits (2)
- Utah (9)
- Videos (3)
- Wisconsin (2)
- January 2012 (2)
- December 2011 (16)
- October 2011 (3)
- September 2011 (3)
- August 2011 (4)
- July 2011 (3)
- April 2011 (2)
- March 2011 (3)
- January 2011 (4)
- December 2010 (2)
- November 2010 (2)
- October 2010 (2)
- September 2010 (1)
- August 2010 (5)
- July 2010 (3)
- June 2010 (6)
- May 2010 (5)
- April 2010 (5)
- March 2010 (3)
- November 2009 (2)
- October 2009 (1)
- August 2009 (2)
- July 2009 (16)
- June 2009 (3)
- May 2009 (1)