In support of National Read a Book Day on September 6, Trevose, Pennsylvania-based supplier Penn Emblem (PPAI 537470, S1) collected 220 gently used books at its corporate office. The books were donated to Tree House Books and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Reach Out and Read Program. Both organizations share a mission of providing books to families and promoting literacy for all ages.

Adult books were donated to Tree House Books, a giving library and literacy center in North Philadelphia with a dual purpose: to provide free books to the community and spread knowledge and awareness. Its vision is to ensure that everyone has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and explore their passion.

Teen and children’s books were donated to CHOP’s Reach Out and Read program to assist staff in promoting literacy to more children, teens and families and give them books to take home, keep and enjoy. More than 200,000 appropriate gently used books for children and adolescents are needed to distribute each year, especially for children up to age 10.

Randi Blumenthal-Joseph, president of Penn Emblem, says, “Reading and learning are two of my favorite things. It means so much to be able to give that joy to someone else, especially a child. I am so proud of this team coming together and giving back in this way. A book is such a small thing, but to the person reading it, that book can shape their world.”