Employees of WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV joined a company-wide effort to provide books for young children in the community.
Thousands of books were purchased and delivered to the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center. Soon they will be in the hands of children across the city of Detroit.
“I cannot begin to express how overwhelmed and appreciative we are to Channel 7 and TV 20 for the surprising and enormous donation of more than 56-hundred books for the children of our community," said Diane Renaud, executive director and CEO of the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center in Detroit.
The center provides educational programs for at-risk children through after school and summer programming.
“It really puts in the point that reading is important, that reading is something that we use every day and that really can be enjoyable," said Melissa Gonzales, director of children's education.
Parent company Scripps also made a generous donation to the "If you give a child a book...." campaign.
WXYZ/WMYD Vice President and General Manager Mike Murri and members of the stations’ leadership team presented a check for $14,106, representing the financial contribution that provided the books for these young readers.
“It’s an astounding gift and it’s going to enable us to distribute these books to children to take home to start their own libraries across the city," Renaud said. "It’s an amazing gift that you have given to our community. We could not be more grateful to have been selected to help in this project.”