In an effort to help give the gift of reading to children in the United States, The UPS Store® located in Pleasanton proudly supports the Toys for Tots literacy program.
This summer, The UPS Store in Pleasanton donated books to the Jourdanton Education Foundation Summer Reading Adventure. The UPS Pleasanton store is owned and operated by Sarah Segura.
“Here at the store, we have a little donation box, and it’s sponsored by The UPS Stores,” Segura said. “So we ask customers if they would like to donate.”
She explained that the money is collected for an entire year and then they find community organizations they want to donate to, which are usually nonprofits. The Pleasanton UPS store has been doing this for several years. In the past, they have donated to CASA of South Texas, the Pleasanton Police Department and other organizations.
“Due to COVID it was delayed so I should have a lot of books with the donations we got from the community,” Segura said.
This year, she wanted to donate to the Jourdanton Education Foundation.
“So we dropped off books with them,” Segura added. “All the money collected here at the store, I distribute to different organizations in Atascosa County.”
This year marks the 13th anniversary of The UPS Store’s Toys for Tots Literacy Program, launched in 2008 with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Together, UPS® and The UPS Store network have contributed nearly $8 million and distributed more than $44 million to the most economically disadvantaged children across the country.
The UPS Pleasanton store collects donations throughout the year to benefit the Toys for Tots literacy program, with 100% of proceeds going to 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 Atascosa County community, the UPS store in that area raised $1,600.
Segura shared the importance of their program.
“We need children to read. These books are not necessarily meant to stay in an institution,” Segura said. “It’s up to the children to have books at home. Not all children have access to them, so we want them to have their own books.
The Jourdanton Education Foundation is extremely grateful to help coordinate this donation to the elementary students and the Jourdanton ISD Early Years Center. Summer Reading Adventure participants returned home with more books to maintain and grow their personal libraries. The remaining books were divided between the two campuses.