Friday, November 15, 2013

A Storybook Night!

As the daughter of a U.S. Navy pilot/physician and a U.S. Navy nurse, I was humbled to be the Honorary Chair of the Storybook Ball for United Through Reading last weekend in San Diego.

What is United Through Reading? It's an incredible organization that helps connect the children of military parents who are stationed abroad by READING BOOKS. It's a simple, powerful, amazing idea! 

From the UTR website:

Our vision is that all children will feel the security of caring family relationships and develop a love of reading through the read aloud experience. United Through Reading is the nation’s first nonprofit to promote the read-aloud experience for separated military families.  United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading.  At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide, Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, National Guard, Reservists and Airmen, can read to their children from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases and installations around the world and at 70 USO centers worldwide.  Over one and a half million military parents, spouses and children have benefited from the program since its inception.

Please be sure to check out the United Through Reading website and be a hero by donating to this wonderful organization that keeps families together through reading!