Kudos to Katie Simmons – a Literacy Beacon in Boston

Katie Simmons has been a long-time MagazineLiteracy.org champion in the Boston area, collecting and delivering thousands of magazines to hundreds of children and families in shelters and literacy programs.  She gives every bit of heart and soul delivering magazines out of the back of her well-traveled jeep.  At the same time, she takes a personalContinue reading “Kudos to Katie Simmons – a Literacy Beacon in Boston”

Magazines are comfort food for these shelter moms and kids

  I  look forward to every magazine delivery, and last Friday evening was no exception.  I walked into the lobby of a  Boston women’s shelter carrying  recent issues of O, The Oprah magazine, SELF, and Vogue under one arm, and Martha Stewart Living, People, Whole Living, and Every Day with Rachael Ray in the other. 

Who, What, Where, When, Why magazines for literacy?

At MagazineLiteracy.org, we love to celebrate the amazing work being done at the literacy agencies that help us to get the magazines you love into the hands, hearts, and homes of children and families who want to learn and love to read them. Books are vital for reading and literacy, but here are some storiesContinue reading “Who, What, Where, When, Why magazines for literacy?”

Interview with Katie Simmons – Boston Distribution Center

Sharing our success stories is an important way to help spread awareness about the MagazineLiteracy.org cause. Many individuals throughout the United States have rallied their communities to donate magazines and spread  literacy to those in need. The interview below with Katie Simmons shines a light on one of our most ardent literacy champions.

The magazine lady is here

I deliver magazines to an inner city bakery training program. When I walk into the cafe with a large bundle of Gourmet, Cooking Light, Saveur, Food & Wine or Eating Well they all exclaim from behind the counter: “Look, the magazine lady is here!” Pure music to my magazine ears. Who knows, one day throughContinue reading “The magazine lady is here”

Tonight, Ranger Rick keeps a boy who loves frogs company in a domestic violence shelter

Boston volunteer Katie Simmons – in her words – why we do what we doAs we get ready to celebrate our 10th birthday – we want to tell the world about a very special person who has been the soul of our project for all these years. For years, Katie Simmons delivered thousands of magazinesContinue reading “Tonight, Ranger Rick keeps a boy who loves frogs company in a domestic violence shelter”

Changing the world – one magazine at a time – A boy learns to read in a Boston homeless shelter

This letter that I received from the staff at the Boston Family Shelter demonstrates the value of the Magazine Harvest magazine recycling program. I am continuing my work to collect and deliver magazines to this program, as well as to a nearby Boys and Girls club and also to a program that has been helpingContinue reading “Changing the world – one magazine at a time – A boy learns to read in a Boston homeless shelter”