Letter of The Week
Do you have magazines you read and either throw away or stuff in the recycle bin? Would you be willing to spend the little bit of postage every month to send them to a Katrina Survivor Family?
I have found 3 very important things by doing this for 1 of the families on the Real People Relief blog:
1) Having magazines come every month brings about a very important sense of normalcy for the family. Nothing makes you feel like life is returning than to just sit and read a magazine. But, since so many are still unable to afford such a luxury, it's something they don't get to realize.
2) The family has something to look forward to every month. Having one little bright spot is so important. So, while this takes some dedication on your part, the family will become so much more emotionally charged by it that it helps with every day life.
3) The childrens' grades go up! The one family I am sending ours to has seen the kids' grades go up a full letter. How else can you spend so little for such a substantial gain? Just from magazines being in the house on a regular basis, these kids are seeing a very real positive gain in their lives that will affect them for decades. All for about 2 bucks in postage every month and 4-5 magazines we've all read.
Plus, these families share the magazines. So you're not just affecting one family, but many.
If you live in the Binghamton area and would just like to drop off magazines to be shipped, please contact me at KatrinaCoalition @ aol.com. If you would like to send these directly to a family, please contact me and I will give you a list of suggested magazines (but certainly isn't limited to the list) and we can arrange for you to send them to a family directly.
And if nothing else - please seriously consider taking them to a local nursing home, library, the VA hospital/clinic or even the jail. All of these locations can find substantial use for your magazines.