Northcenter, Chicago, November 16, 2011 – Childrens Hospital will be among those receiving the magical gift of reading this holiday season, as The UPS Store ® locations in the greater Chicago area team up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help deliver new books to kids in need.
The UPS Store will present the first $1,000 of funds raised at its participating locations to Childrens Hospital on Thursday to purchase new children’s books for its patients.
“It’s a privilege to work with the Toys for Tots Literacy Program to provide books to Children’s Hospital,” said Dan Scott, The UPS Store owner. “A book can be a friend, a place of escape, or a source of inspiration for many years to come, and we’re very happy to be involved in giving that gift to children.”
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, nearly 14 million children live in poverty. The Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, provides the nation’s most economically disadvantaged children access to books with the goal of enhancing their ability to read and communicate effectively so they can compete academically and succeed in life.
The UPS Store will continue its holiday donation campaign at participating locations in the Chicago area through Dec. 31. One hundred percent of the remaining donations raised will go to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which will purchase books for less fortunate children in the local community.
For more information on the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, please visit www.toysfortots.org/literacy.
To find The UPS Store location nearest you, visit www.theupsstore.com.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 64th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday season. Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the gifts we provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social and recreational development of these children. In 2010, Marines distributed gifts to 7.2 million children in over 700 communities nationwide. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
With nearly 4,400 locations in the U.S., The UPS Store network comprises the nation’s largest system of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. For additional information, please visit www.theupsstore.com.