One of the community service projects of the Redland’s Sunrise Rotary Club is our Read For Life program. We give children books at no cost.
We set our booth up at community events, such as the Redlands Art Walk, the 4th of July celebration in Sylvan Park, the Youth Hope Car Show and sometimes the Touch A Truck event
In the past five years we given away more than 50,000 books, generally two for each child, to parents or grandparents.
Because we give without any cost to the recipient, we have no income from Read for Life.
But we do have expenses. For example, the cost of stickers placed on every book, maintenance and upkeep of the colorful library-themed display on our trailer, and most likely soon we’ll need a new set of tires.
Fortunately, most of the books received cost us nothing other than the cost of picking them up. Supportive people collect children’s book from their homes and neighbors and Amazon has given us hundreds of books.
Because of the large public support of Read For Life we’ve added a durable, handsome and weather-resistant “sandwich board” to our display. Printed on it are the names of donors.
This will provide a source for maintenance, upkeep, etc.
Hopefully, we’ll not have to contend with graffiti.
If you’d like to support our cause, we invite you to add your name or business name to the sandwich board. One supporter chose to just print “Anonymous.”
The cost is $100 per year, renewable annually if you so desire.
We qualify as a 501(c)3 organization, so your contribution is tax deductible. You’ll receive a letter showing the amount of your contribution.
Public response has been phenomenal! Parents and grandparents, sometimes a person who did not take a book or two, have made voluntary contributions by putting cash into a jar on a book display table. From the 4th of July event we received just shy of $150.
If you are interested in having your name on the board, contact Robert Reid: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you may contact Bob Reid at (909) 747-7330 or email to email@example.com (no “d” in granpa), and we’ll get you set up.
Robert Reid, Redlands