WARREN, NJ - Amanda Beyus, a resident of Warren, raised $695 which was matched by Usborne Books and More (UBAM) where she works as an independent consultant, combining for a donation of over $1000 in new books for lower income families served by Moms Helping Moms.
“I am beyond excited to be able to give lower income families over 120 high quality books to foster family bonding time and literacy," Beyus said. "I am so grateful to all the families that donated to make this happen!"
Moms Helping Moms is a NJ Non-profit dedicated to providing babies from low income families with the essentials that they need for a healthy and happy start. Beyus learned that Moms Helping Moms was in need of new books to give the families they serve. Since UBAM is dedicated to improving literacy in America, the company matches raised funds by 50% so Beyus decided to hold a book drive in March 2017 to help these families.
Current research shows giving children access to age appropriate books and being read aloud to correlates with academic achievement and numerous developmental benefits. The statistics for children in poverty and lack of books is startling. Children of poverty have very little access to books at home and in their communities, with less access to good public libraries and bookstores and increased access to books is related to increased reading achievement. A recent national study found that half of American parents do not realize reading impacts the brain from the moment a child is born. Six in 10 parents say someone advised them to start reading to their child at birth,however, low-income parents are less likely to have heard this message than high-income parents.
Moms Helping Moms was established in 2011 by a group of like minded mothers, the group collects donations of essential baby items from families who no longer need them and passes them onto families that do. Providing these items to low income families eases those families' mental and financial stress and promotes the health and safety of their children. Additionally, the organization is recycling items that might otherwise end up in the trash.
Through partnerships with social workers, homeless shelters, schools and other community organizations, they are able to distribute hundreds of thousands of baby essentials to the families in New Jersey who need them the most. Last year alone they distributed over 76,000 diapers, 37,000 wipes, and 68,000 other baby items including clothing, winter coats, shoes, books, toiletries, strollers, and lots of other baby gear.
For more information about Moms Helping Moms, contact: Info@momshelpingmomsfoundation.org.