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UPS Store seeking donated books for tots

March 7, 2008

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Two UPS Store locations in Lawrence are among others nationwide teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to launch the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative to help children in need.

The Lawrence stores, at 4000 W. Sixth St. and 2040 W. 31st St., will be accepting donations for the program. For each dollar donated, a book will be given to a child through a partnership with Scholastic Inc.; additional fundraising activities will be conducted throughout the year.

From March 15 through Aug. 15, the two Lawrence stores also will accept new, age-appropriate books to be distributed to area children through Lawrence Head Start.

"The literacy program is the perfect way to help provide these children with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty," said Carol Linhos, UPS Store franchisee in Lawrence.

For more information, call 856-7860 or 856-0707 or visit www.toysfortotsliteracy.org.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

Another great children's book cause:

The one at the half price store,part of a bigger program: this goes to the program at places like Children's Mercy..a special program where cabinets of books are kept in some clinic waiting rooms, and volunteers come to help the waiting children and their siblings to choose a book to take home. Helps keep the siblings from feeling left out since the one child has so many appts.They keep records of books going out, just to show no one is stealing from the stock. The children feel very special about this one-on-one treatment, and often will talk to the lady about the last book they got there, etc. Even the children that are very severely disabled feel so special when they receive their book, even thought they'll never read themselves, they know someone is reading to them, and it's theirs!

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toefungus 6 years, 1 month ago

This is wonderful. The Toys for Tots program has extremely low overhead, and donations go 100% to the children. How much is a child's smile worth? Plenty!

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