Bonnie Kintzer, Chair, 40 Million Stories Campaign
CEO & President of Trusted Media Brands, Inc. | Chairman of Reader’s Digest Foundation
Deployments and separation continue to be a reality for military families. Each year, more than 100,000 military parents are deployed leaving nearly 250,000 children at home. With a conservative 6-month separation, these children have 180 nights without their parent at home for bedtime stories.
With United Through Reading’s mission to connect military families through the read-aloud experience, we can deliver many of these stories each year. But there are still millions of stories left to send home.
“To some it may just be a man being recorded reading a book but to me it was so much more. It was reassurance from my husband that I am not alone, that despite the miles he is supporting me, supporting our family and the new chapter of parenthood we are crossing into.”
Hannah Simmons, UTR mom-to-be and military spouse
“We have found that having a regular, consistent bedtime routine helps not only Madyson, but us as parents too because we all know what to expect each evening once we say to Madyson ‘Okay, it’s 7 pm and it’s time to get ready for bed.’”
Melissa Rognlie, UTR mom and military spouse
A donation of only $50 to United Through Reading will support one military family with storytime during the course of a deployment, or separation due to military assignment. The success of the 40 Million Stories campaign depends upon your generosity.
Your gift, large or small, makes a profound difference to these military families.