More than 34,000 local kids are
enrolled in the Books From Birth Program.
It's even backed by Dolly Parton.
It gives free books once a month to children
younger than 5 years old but now organizers say they need the US Postal Service
to change a new policy that could hurt them.
The books are mailed to the kids but we're told about 1,300 of them are
sent back to the post office because of un-deliverable addresses.
Until now post office employees have
held the books and allowed Books From Birth volunteers to come and pick them
up. They can't hold them anymore and
yesterday we were told the US Postal Service announced new plans to shred those
There's no word on when the shredding
will start. Books From Birth leaders
have a petition going around to try and convince the post office to reverse its
This story is blowing up our Facebook
page. Is it un-fair for post office
employees to hold the books for pick-up, something they may not do for other
groups, or is it worth it for the kids?
Here's what you're saying:
Priscilla says: "that is truly a senseless waste. There are hundreds of children that can use these books. Donate them to childcare programs in Memphis and Shelby County."
And Danisha adds: "they should donate
them to schools, or at least ask the public if they would like the books. I am
a single mother, and I would love to have those books. I also work for m-c-s, and I know for sure
that we could use them."
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