Help Someone Out

Saturday, 4 December 2010

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I was lucky enough to be selected to be a part of the board for Friends of Literacy Knoxville this year. We're a charity that helps adults learn to read or get free tutoring so they can pass the GRE and get a job. I'm passionate about the cause because I can't imagine what my life would be like without the ability to read.

As a little girl, I would hide books under my pillow and stand on my bed at night (which was next to a window) so I could read by the light of the street lamp. Bed time meant reading time for me so after learning how to read, I wouldn't make a fuss at 9pm.

This holiday season, Friends of Literacy asked for a volunteer to host a book drive for one of the prisons we serve. I volunteered. We need paperback, non-fiction books in English and Spanish. If you would like to donate books (cleaning out your office?) or a small amount of money, please let me know and I'll pick them up. On the 3rd weekend of this month, all of the Goodwill stores have half-off shopping and I can purchase paperback books 6 for a $1. That goes a long way. I have a moderate goal, 50 books, would should be easy to gather.

Are you able to do something for someone this holiday season?

I usually buy items for the Empty Stocking Fund each year but decided to do the book drive instead. Our church usually sponsors a family in need with help from parishioners. You can also take part in an international program I heard about last night, Heifer International. For a fee, you can purchase a cow, goat, chickens... for a village in a 3rd world country. Interesting!

Disclaimer: Thoroughly research any charity you might donate to. Make sure the corporation stands for the values you subscribe to AND that it is legit.

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