TD Contributes Thousands of New Books to Kids in Need through First Book
Over $140,000 donated to provide more than 25,000 new books to children from low-income families
CHERRY HILL, N.J. and WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children in need across the country are receiving brand-new books of their own, thanks to the support of TD Bank and the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the bank.
TD provided funding for the books through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children from low-income families.
Through the TD Charitable Foundation's support of First Book's Banking on Books program, 50 local schools and community programs received $1,000 donations to choose books from the First Book Marketplace, which provides thousands of titles at deep discounts to eligible programs.
"Books make a huge difference in the lives of kids," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "TD Bank and the TD Charitable Foundation are helping us put thousands of books into the hands of kids in need and creating new possibilities for kids, educators and communities."
In addition to the donations, First Book and TD Bank held reading parties at seven schools in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Each participating school received a $2,000 donation to obtain new books for school and classroom libraries. Local TD Bank volunteers also visited each school to read with children and hand out bags full of stickers, bookmarks and brand-new books to take home and keep.
"Access to books at a young age makes a tremendous impact on a child's reading skills and overall education," said Elizabeth K. Warn, President of the TD Charitable Foundation and Senior Vice President of Community Relations for TD Bank. "TD's continued partnership with First Book not only provides much needed books to children, it also gives our employees an opportunity to connect with their local communities and help those in need through volunteering."
A number of the parties featured authors and illustrators, including Brian Floca (Moonshot), Lee Harper (Woolbur), Susan Verde (The Museum) and Toni Buzzeo (One Cool Friend).
First Book grant recipients include:
* denotes a Reading Party recipient
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