(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City received a donation of more than 2,000 children’s books on Aug. 13, from the Metropolitan Library System's Summer Reading Program.
For every Summer Reading Program participant reaching the Read it Forward goal, the Metropolitan Library System dedicated one book for the organizations first Read it Forward donation. Participants reached the goal when they read for 90, 20-minute sessions this summer.
The Read it Forward program brought 2,097 books to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. These books will be available to guest families during their time at the Houses or Family Room and can be taken home after a child’s stay.
“We provide a supportive and positive environment with many of the comforts of home where families can eat, sleep and relax,” said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City. “The Read it Forward program provides a win-win for both our organization and the Metropolitan Library System. Families staying with us find the normalcy of sharing a story, reading a book or even enjoying a shared experience while the Metropolitan Library System furthers their mission of ending illiteracy in our state. ”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that benefits children by providing a ‘home away from home’ for families with seriously ill or injured children who come to the Oklahoma City area for medical treatment. Two Ronald McDonald Houses and a Ronald McDonald Family Room each serve families every day of the year. Each provides lodging, meals and many extras, including the opportunity to share their experience with others going through similar hardships.