• Bless A Child Book Drive 2012

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    If you’re looking for a great way to “Pass it Forward” this holiday season, I’ve found a really great and inexpensive (or free) idea… the gift of books! I received this fantastic idea from one of my dearest friends, Dr. Kenya Ayers. Dr. Ayers is a native Detroiter  now living in Chicago, but was inspired to do a book drive for the kids living at Peggy’s Place.  She told me what inspired her to do so, and how you can help!  

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    Bless a Child for the Holidays Book DrivePeggy’s Place

    • A transitional residential facility for 23 women and their children run by the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS)
    • Homeless families with children and/or domestic violence survivors and their children.
    • 61 children and their 23 mothers

    What?
    Donate New or Gently Used Children’s Books

    When?
    Now through December 21, 2012

    Why Books?

    • “On any given day, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the US. Many of these children end up in homeless shelters — often times anxious, worried and sad.
    • Many of these children have never had access to books to read for fun.
    • Studies show that in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books to children is 13 to one.
    • Yet in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 book for every 300 children.
    • Other studies show that 75% of homeless children drop out of school, 36% repeat a grade, and only 43% pass standardized tests for reading proficiency.”
    • To the extent that we can connect children at Peggy’s Place to a love of learning through reading, we expose them to doors that will potentially bring avenues of opportunity for generations within their families for years to come.

    Drop Off Location:
    Peggy’s Place
    16630 Wyoming Avenue
    Detroit, MI

    Drop Off Times:
    10 AM – 3 PM

    Please Call First!!! 313-862-3234

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