Boston, MA, December 14, 2015 – Books are gifts that keep on giving. They inspire lifelong learning, and help improve literacy and language skills. That’s why on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, ZappRx employees partnered with Wonderland BookSavers of Connecticut and Reach Out and Read to donate nearly 2,000 books to Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
The books were handpicked for a diverse and bilingual pediatric population at Tufts Medical Center — many were written in Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish, and others were in English. By the end of the day, the empty bookshelves in the General Pediatric Medicine wing were filled top to bottom with colorful books for children of all ages and languages.
It started with the City of Boston and OneIn3
In October, the City of Boston’s young adult initiative, OneIn3, held an event to celebrate Boston’s young entrepreneurs. 30-year-old Zoë Barry, Founder and CEO of ZappRx, Inc. was awarded a generous grant from OneIn3 to be given to a nonprofit of her choice. Barry chose the Wonderland BookSavers, a volunteer- and child-led organization dedicated to improving literacy in under-privileged areas.
But the giving didn’t end there. The Wonderland BookSavers partnered with Reach Out and Read, a national literacy organization that serves pediatric hospitals, to use the grant to donate 2,000 books to Tufts Medical Center. Every child who receives free pediatric care at Floating Children’s Hospital at Tufts will receive a book of his or her choice. “The Wonderland BookSavers are so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the joy of childhood reading. We look forward to our continued connection with ZappRx, Floating, and Reach Out and Read,” stated Alison Barry, a Wonderland BooksSavers facilitator and volunteer.
Books bring joy to Tufts Medical Center pediatric patients
While volunteers lined up books on shelves, a young girl in elementary school approached the cabinet. She proudly chose a book to read with her parents. Her doctor smiled and asked, “Are you excited? You go back to school tomorrow!” She nodded and buried herself in her new toy, a book.
Wonderland BookSavers and ZappRx volunteers watched as they saw their hard work directly impact one family in need. Over the next few months, the books will quickly disappear off the shelves and bring joy within patients’ homes. Following the donation, Zoë Barry said, “I am so delighted that this event and book donation was a success! I am passionate about bringing both health care access and the joy of reading to children.”