Giving Back: Read Indeed

The past weekend, I attended the 2nd Annual Minnesota Blogger Conference. You can read all about my day in Bloggers, Tacos and Minnesota Inspiration, but that's not what this post is about. This post is about Maria.

The founders of the conference alway back to the community. This year, they were happy to announce they would be featuring the Read Indeed charity for the conference. Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving 5th grader who wants to make the world a better place—one book at a time. Maria’s goal is to collect and distribute 1,000,000 books to needy children by the time she’s 18. She has been collecting and distributing books since she was 8 years old—touching the lives of thousands of children around the world.

I was not aware of Read Indeed until last week. My daughter is a book-loving 5th grader who struggles to part with her books. Yet, we scoured the shelves and came up with a few that she wanted to share with other children who may not have the opportunities to read she has had.

Maria is up to 561,291 books collected and distributed. If you have any extra new or gently used children's books, consider helping Maria.

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