Like many others, Lily’s family wanted to teach their children the importance of giving and instill them with self-confidence, pride, and a sense of goodwill- but didn’t know how to go about introducing these concepts. Thankfully, a way for young children to own the experience of giving, and making a lasting impact on those in need, comes together at Milk + Bookies.
Lily’s family knew the importance of early literacy development, and wanted to get books to children who might not have access. They ordered a Bookies box from Milk + Bookies, which had all the party materials they needed. Then the fun started- all of Lily’s friends showed up to her party with brand new books to donate! They wrote messages on bookplates to go inside the books, gathered them in the bin, and celebrated with huge I DONATED stickers- and of course, milk and cookies. Milk + Bookies helped Lily’s family find a worthy local recipient group, and Lily got to see the books she raised go to their new home.
Lily raised 233 books that day, and all over the country M+B parties have gathered over 50,000 books. Over 11,000 young philanthropists who have participated with Milk + Bookies can agree with Lily when she says that “giving books to kids who don’t have any makes me feel good in my heart.”
For more information on how to host your own Milk + Bookies party, head over to www.milkandbookies.org/host-your-own/
We can’t give enough love and thanks to our wonderful supporters. Superstar mom and actress Julie Bowen is a great friend to Milk + Bookies. She says she loves what we do because “Reading is the BEST adventure!” Julie’s up for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and we think she’s earned it! Of course, she’s already a winner in our eyes for helping us get books into the hands of children in need.
July is National Make a Difference in a Child’s Life Month! Hosting a Milk + Bookies book-raiser is an easy way to make a BIG impact.
It’s easy to see how book donations make a difference to the children that receive them – reading from a young age is imperative to developing language and communication skills. And the benefits go beyond that:
“Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment.” Story time may be the only time that recipients have to dream, imagine, and travel the world. Reading a variety of books also lets these recipients prepare for real-world situations. Sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease transitions such as moving or starting a new school.
The cool part is, recipients aren’t the only ones who benefit from a M+B bookies events.
Participating in service/giving at a young age has lasting effects for children hosting these parties, too! Children who have participated in philanthropy score higher in social studies and writing, are more cognitively engaged, and show an increased acceptance of diversity.
Hosting a Milk+Bookies party can spark lifelong empathizing, giving, and reading AND is definitely a great way to celebrate National Make a Difference in a Child’s Life Month!
Milk+Bookies is honored to celebrate the holiday by donating books to the Los Angeles Air Force Base. We love hearing how reading can play such an important part of bonding deployed parents and their children back home! Here’s a letter from the recipient- we were so humbled by their response!
Dear Milk + Bookies,
Thank you very much for your recent donation of books to Los Angeles AFB!
Your books go to children whose parents have deployed, and this greatly assists the child with coping skills while a parent is away. It has also inspired parents to read to their children more, which is an integral part of the parent-child bond, even though they are miles apart. Many parents chose to communicate with their children via webcam, and these books can be shared across the oceans that may separate them. Thank you for adding an important element of keeping parents and children connected over great distances!
Community Readiness Consultant
Airman & Family Readiness Center
Los Angeles AFB, CA