Today, we received a phone call at the Ohio Literacy Bank from Diane, who lives in a small Ohio town. She needed our mailing address. Diane has been buying copies of Highlights for Children and Taste of Home magazine, and more from her local newsstand every few months, recently over $80 worth of magazines, and shipping them to MagLiteracy.org to share her magazine love with kindred at-risk readers. She always includes a nice note, and wants to hear back that we received them. We guessed over time that Diane was not comfortable with email, and confirmed that with her today on the phone.
Diane hoped that the magazines were helpful and said that the culinary magazines might be good for job training. Of course, she was either reading our minds or our blog, because we know and sing from the highest mountains that this is the awesome power of print mags for literacy, with 7,000+ titles, to match specific literacy program goals. It’s why we send Wooden Boat magazines to the Rocking the Boat mentoring youth program in the Bronx.
We think it was the latter, because she also mentioned the time we airlifted magazines to Inuit schools north of the Arctic circle in the middle of a polar vortex. You’d have to dig deep into our blog for that.
We explained to Diane that her purchases were mission critical, because children’s magazines are in highest demand and shortest supply for our literacy deliveries – we currently have near zero.
Diane has been our hero for a long-time. We smile when iMAGining the thousands – hundreds of thousands more Diane’s out there, knowing that people like Diane may have had their own children and grandchildren age out of their magazine gifting, but that the population of millions of children and families we serve never age out.
The passion of these magazine and literacy lovers is so great, they will search until they find us and our mailing address, and they will keep renewing their magazine gift purchases, month after month, and year after year, to change lives for good.
Contact us to learn how you can gift your favorite magazines to MagLiteracy.org for literacy.