Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

Over the past few years my family has become involved with a wonderful nonprofit group called Catching Joy, which provides age-appropriate community service activities for children and families. One organization we support that is near and dear to my heart is Reach Out and Read, which has an amazing partnership with primary care providers to make reading materials available to children from all types of backgrounds. Their mission is meaningful to Ryan and Maegan as well, as they simply cannot imagine a life that is not filled with books.

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Earlier this year I assisted the Canton Girl Scout Service Unit in a day of service. We made Valentines to be delivered to February Meals on Wheels clients, centerpieces to cheer up the dining room of the local nursing home, dog toys for the animal shelter, joke cards to cheer up children in hospitals, and upcycled book marks to accompany the donations of new books, which were the price of admission to participate in the activities. During the winter the rest of the materials were delivered to their receiving organizations, but it suffices to say that it took me a while to get organized on a major delivery to Charlestown.

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Today Jim helped me deliver the four cartons of books and bookmarks to the Reach Out and Read headquarters, where we were very warmly received. Flat Stanley made his first trip into Boston to visit the wonderful staff.

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This post was written by Robin.

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2 thoughts on “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

  1. I love that both reading and service are a part of your summer activities. I just wrote about doing service activities over the summer with your family on my blog, philanthroparent.com. You might be interested in trying one of the ideas I suggested in one if my posts since you’re avid readers. You could host a book swap with friends and extra books that aren’t swapped could be donated to Reach Out and Read, or another favorite reading organization I love, BookEnds. Enjoy your summer reading and service adventures! -Marissa

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