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Join FOX 17 in giving books to kids in need

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Posted at 11:59 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 21:04:22-04

WEST MICHIGAN — Now more than ever, children need access to books in their homes.

As families across the country enter a back-to-school season unlike any before, FOX 17 West Michigan is raising money to ensure kids in low-income households have access to books, alongside our parent company, Scripps.

The childhood literacy campaign “If You Give a Child a Book …” is an annual drive led by the Scripps Howard Foundation and supported by Scripps employees nationwide and Scripps family members.

Over the last four years, the campaign has donated more than 352,000 new books to children facing poverty.

This year for the first time, Scripps is inviting local audiences to support the cause:

  • Donations from FOX 17 viewers in West Michigan up to $5,000 will be matched by members of the Scripps family. You can donate to our local drive here.
  • FOX 17 will select low-income schools/nonprofits in West Michigan to distribute the books to ensure they go to children who need them most, whether children are learning in a traditional classroom setting, remote learning or a hybrid of the two.

Scripps businesses regularly give back to their local communities, including raising more than $2 million for food banks across the country.

The multi-platform “If You Give a Child a Book …” fundraising campaign runs through Sept. 20.

Learn more and donate here.