Leader-Post article (Thanks, Regina!)September 29 2011 at 8:21 AM
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By Pamela Cowan, Leader-Post
September 29, 2011
Leader-Post publisher Marty Klyne participates in the Raise-a-Reader campaign.
Photograph by: Don Healy, Leader-Post, Leader-Post
Even those with little to give rose to the occasion on Wednesday and made donations to help "raise readers."
And their generosity warmed the hearts of many Raise-a-Reader volunteers in Regina.
Alice Samkoe, literacy programming supervisor with the Regina Public Library, was touched to receive a $1 donation from a homeless woman.
"After I gave her the paper and thanked her, a man greeted her and asked where she slept last night.
"She said, 'Over by the church.' Talk about a generous heart!" Samkoe said.
Samkoe was among more than 185 Raise-a-Reader volunteers who hawked newspapers Wednesday at 19 locations in Regina in exchange for donations to literacy programs in southern Saskatchewan.
"Loretta Hughes of Exit Realty Fusion told me that a couple she approached at Albert Street and 13th Avenue rummaged in their pockets, produced a pile of change, put the newspaper bearing Wednesday's literacy stories into their child's stroller and said, 'We have a little girl,' " said the Leader-Post's Will Chabun.
In the words of Khemissa Cardinal, the Leader-Post's Raise-a-Reader program "rocks."
Cardinal handed a note to a volunteer on Wednesday morning that read: "I donated $20 from my allowance to an awesome cause."
The Grade 2 student from Davin School was one of many Reginans helping to write the book on generosity.
The Leader-Post's Wendy Livingstone recalled approaching a woman as she walked out of Tim Hortons on south Albert.
"She said she didn't have any money, and walked across the parking lot and disappeared behind a building. She returned about five or 10 minutes later with some cash," Livingstone said. "I believe she lived in the area and walked home to get the money to help us out."
Livingstone was surprised when a woman who was driving down Albert Street pulled over when she saw volunteers in bright-orange T-shirts waving papers.
"She called me to her vehicle to make a donation!" Livingstone said.
Pennies, nickels, dimes and dollars - together they added up to Wednesday's total of $21,598.03.
"The number of Raisea-Reader volunteers who participated in Regina's fundraiser and those who responded with donations and the amount donated serves as testimony to the importance of literacy," said Marty Klyne, publisher of the Leader-Post. "My hat is off to both volunteers and those who stepped forward with donations."
Not one penny of the money raised will cover administrative costs because those are borne by the Leader-Post and the other Postmedia newspapers supporting the initiative.
"We were very pleased to have our local sponsors: Fine Foods, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Regina Pats and Tim Hortons to support us for Raise-a-Reader day 2011," said Rick Fraser, the Leader-Post's director of marketing and product development. "Without the support of our local sponsors and great participation from our volunteers, Raise-a-Reader day would not be possible."
It's not too late to contribute to family literacy in southern Saskatchewan.
Donations can be dropped off at the Leader-Post or mailed to Raise-a-Reader c/o the Leader-Post, 1964 Park St., P.O. Box 1130, Regina, S4P 3B4. Cheques or money orders should be made payable to Leader-Post Raise-a-Reader.
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