SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On this Giving Tuesday, Grant Sloan spoke with an organization hoping to change lives right here in the Ozarks.
The organization we’re talking about is the United Way of the Ozarks.
Through donations, it funds a program known as the Imagination Library – a program that was started by Dolly Parton 20 years ago.
The Imagination Library is based in communities all across the world.
Locally, there is one in our backyard in the Taney County area supported by the Dixie Stampede and one in Greene County funded by the United Way.
The way the program works is it sends free books to children every month from the time they’re born until they’re five years old.
Which means the kids will collect 60 books for their personal library during their pre-school years.
But the program in Greene County is struggling.
That’s why every dollar collected today by the United Way will go to the Imagination Library.
Jill Finney with the United Way says it takes about $50,000 a year to run the program in Greene County.
But a $25 dollar donation can provide books to one child for a year.
To donate, text ‘read’ to 40403 or visit the United Way of the Ozarks website.