SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 15, 2010 – Thanks to the generosity of customers across the U.S., The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc.® network has helped deliver more than one million books to help support local children in need through its sponsorship of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
A year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program offers our nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively.
As the exclusive sponsor of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, participating The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations collected monetary donations throughout the year, with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting community literacy efforts.
“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, more than one million books will be delivered to less fortunate children across the nation,” said Stuart Mathis, president of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (MBE), franchisor of The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. brands. “This program provides an opportunity to address a national issue at the grassroots level. We’re pleased to have a network that takes the opportunity to give the gift of hope to local children in need.”
For more information or to donate, please visit ToysforTotsLiteracy.org.
About The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots ProgramThe Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 62nd 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. Our gifts offer these children hope, recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime.
Many of the gifts we provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social and recreational development of these children. In 2008, Marines distributed gifts to 7.6 million children in 657 communities nationwide. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
About The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc.With approximately 4,800 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc.® network comprises the world’s largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, document and business service centers. In the United States, The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of Mail Boxes Etc., Inc., a UPS subsidiary. In Canada, locations are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of master licensee MBEC Communications, L.P. For additional information, please visit www.theupsstore.com or www.mbe.com.
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