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Don’t be a Grinch – Give the Gift of Reading

by Employee ‎12-15-2009 10:04 AM - edited ‎12-17-2009 03:40 PM

Every year, new and gently used children's books make their way to schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the county. This is important, because for children exposure to age-appropriate books builds fundamental reading skills essential to learning.


Since 2001, needy children throughout the country have received more than 2 million books thanks to the generosity of Verizon employees, who each year take part in our Season's Readings campaign.

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This year, we're inviting everyone (you too) to take part in the campaign.


It's easy! Log on to and make a donation to First Book. First Book is a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need by distributing the books through local schools, libraries and nonprofit children's organizations throughout the country.


$2 buys a new book. Imagine: Such a small contribution can change a child's life.


And thanks to our generous friends at Random House Children's Books, for every donation to First Book through the Web site, Random House Children's Books will make a matching donation of new, free books to First Book (up to 300,000 books).


Also, the first 300 people who make a $20 donation or more through the Web site will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Seuss's beloved classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"


Many of us probably have a fond childhood memory of a favorite book or story. Whether sitting on your parent's lap listening to "Twas the Night Before Christmas" or quietly paging through "The Cat in the Hat," books provide a window to adventure and wonder while also developing a skill essential to success in life.


Together we can help bring the joy of reading to thousands of children and give the gift of literacy, which ensures a brighter future. 





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