How did you spend your weekend? We spent ours putting a smile on sixteen young faces!
Volunteers from the Project Hart team were in Ferguson, Missouri this past Saturday to organize our first major donation event in association with the Ferguson Youth Initiative. A total of 16 teenagers from low-income families were chosen to receive free e-readers as gifts as part of the program. This included 13 Kindle Fire and 3 Nook Color e-readers donated by our patrons who wished to be a part of our noble cause.
Each of the devices represents a big step towards a brighter future for the youngsters. If it weren’t for these e-readers, many of them would never have access to enough age-appropriate books in their homes. Jorian Heal, CEO of Project Hart said, “Our organization’s goal is to cultivate a love of reading and learning. Each device is an opportunity for a child and a resource for a wealth of knowledge.” Ferguson was chosen as the venue partly for sentimental reasons; many volunteers of Project Hart including Ms Heal, the CEO, grew up around the St Louis area. But of course, this is just the beginning, and we hope to have plenty more such events all over the region in the near future. Children everywhere deserve such an opportunity, and we plan to make it happen!
After the event, the Project Hart team also joined the youngsters for a pizza lunch in the afternoon. It was heartening to see them clutching their new e-readers with big smiles, anticipating the experience waiting for them just a few clicks away. We hope the young beneficiaries of this event are able to make the most of the big window of opportunity opened by this small, yet important step toward the fulfillment of Project Hart's mission!
Do you have an e-reader lying about which you don't use any more? It could make a fantastic gift for a youngster who would love to read but can't afford to buy books! You can give an opportunity to a young person in need by donating your device to our cause.