The UPS Store and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Encourage Childhood Literacy

The UPS Store and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Encourage Childhood Literacy
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Donations Collected Locally Provide Books to Children in the Greater Community
Salina, Kansas, June 2 nd, 2023 – In an effort to help deliver the gift of reading to less fortunate children in the United States, The UPS Store® located at 1915 S Ohio St supports the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.


This year marks the 14th anniversary of The UPS Store Toys for Tots Literacy Program, launched in 2008 with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The UPS Store network of over 5,000 centers has contributed over $12 million and distributed nearly 49 million books to economically disadvantaged children across
the nation.

The UPS Store locations collect donations year-round to benefit the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, with one hundred percent of the proceeds going to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to support local children and literacy programs. Every dollar helps put a book in the hands of a child in need, and thanks
to the generosity of the Salina community, The UPS Store in Salina will be delivering over $1200 worth of books to local children at the Salina Public Library on Friday, June 2nd at 11 am.

“The community’s participation in the Toys for Tots Literacy Program is a key component to the success of this program,” said UPS Store retail owner Bryan Vaughn. “This initiative provides us the unique opportunity to work with a nationally-recognized organization while making an impact in our local community, which is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from the people in this city.”

According to Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy*, children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don’t. On average, children in economically depressed communities have 0-2 age-appropriate books in their homes, and half of them start first grade up to 2 years behind their peers. The vast majority of children who start behind, stay behind, leading to an increase in our nation’s dropouts rate among low-income and minority students. Children from traditionally low-education families can do as well as children from high-education families if they have access to books at home. The Toys for Tots Literacy Program continues to not only deliver the gift of reading but also the promise of a bright future. For additional information, visit theupsstore.com/literacy or call 785.822.0772.

About the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide donations and other necessary support for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 75 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. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.


About The UPS Store
With more than 5,000 locations across North America, The UPS Store® network comprises the nation’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store® locations are independently owned and operated by franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc. (although one or
more may be company owned) in the USA and by its master licensee and its franchisees in Canada. Products, services, prices and hours of operation may vary by location. For additional information on The UPS Store, visit theupsstore.com. Follow The UPS Store on social media at @TheUPSStore,
facebook.com/theupsstore, and instagram.com/theupsstore.

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