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Tell us your stories: Kibble and People mag feed a homeless kitten and neighbor

When I pulled into the grocery store parking lot today, I drove by a homeless women sitting on the curb – a too common sight.  She had some donated bags of groceries at her side, so there was some hopefulness in that.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a kitten and when I looked back in my side-view mirror, the kitten was jumping up playfully to catch the woman’s attention.  Anyone who has a pet cat or dog knows their unconditional love.  I was glad that kitten and neighbor had each other’s company and backs.

I’m no stranger to food drives, having stood in front of supermarkets on many occasions over the past 25 years to collect groceries for nearby food pantries.  At MagazineLiteracy.org, we’d like to explore the same idea to harvest magazines – gleaned by shoppers from the newsstand and dropped in collection bins to feed children and families hungry to read.

That morning I bought some organic Newman’s Own cat food and a toy for the kitten.  I stopped by the newsstand to find a Cat Fancy magazine, which was not available, and I purchased a copy of People magazine.  When I delivered the food and the toy for the kitten, the woman was very pleased.  When I gave her the People magazine, she was  pleasantly surprised.

That grocery store sold some extra cat food and an extra magazine that day.  Giving the magazine gift lifted the spirits of two neighbors – hers and mine.

Tell us your stories about changing lives of children and families in your community – one favorite magazine at a time.

Magazines are comfort food for these shelter moms and kids

O, the Oprah Magazine

I  look forward to every magazine delivery, and last Friday evening was no exception.  I walked into the lobby of a  Boston women’s shelter carrying  recent issues of O, The Oprah magazine, SELF, and Vogue under one arm, and Martha Stewart Living, People, Whole Living, and Every Day with Rachael Ray in the other.  I  was met by many women coming from dinner – several with young children in tow.   When they saw the variety of magazines they were thrilled and so genuinely appreciative.    I sense the magazines bring  a sense of normalcy to their routine.   I feel so lucky to be able to bring comfort to so many women and families during a difficult period in their lives.