Today is Giving Tuesday, so we chose to give you thanks.
Today is all about individuals giving back to the community, but we wanted to take this time to thank you for all you have already given to Judith's Reading Room.
Without you, we wouldn't have been able to donate 130 brand new baby board books every month to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers at Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley and Casa Guadalupe in an effort to combat the "30 million word gap," the significant gap of word recognition between low-income and middle-income children, and provide early literacy intervention. While many of us may take our access to books for granted, these children light up at the sight of a new book just for them. Parents are equally excited to be given the materials they need to raise good readers. Their enthusiasm has translated into the collection of thousands of "My Promise to Read/Mi Promisa de Leer," a pledge to read aloud for 20 minutes every day, and the donation of 13,858 books worth $114,034.
Also, without you, we wouldn't have brought books to servicemen and women serving far from home, veterans in care at VA hospitals around the country, and homeless veterans coping with retuning home at shelters such as Steadfast House in North Carolina. Your donations and letters brought the comforts and care of home to all these brave individuals who serve or have served our country. Lastly, without you, we certainly would have never passed the $1,000,000 mark in donated books!
In short, without you, we wouldn't have been able to enrich lives by providing books to those that don't have access to them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
For more information on all the great work you have made possible or to donate to keep us moving forward, please visit our website at www.judithsreadingroom.org
All the best this holiday season,
President & Co-founder