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Muskegon program has children receiving free books for beards

Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 18:15:55-05

MUSKEGON, Mich.  — John Severson, United Way Board Chair & Superintendent at the MAISD came up with a challenge to help Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program, which serves over 6,000 children.

The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program ensures a child receives a book in the mail monthly.

Severson was challenged by his cabinet to grow a beard for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and convince others to make a pledge towards the cause. Soon, he, Stuart Jones, and Randy Lindquist began growing beards and have raised over $4,000 equating to 2,000 books.

There are currently two challenges people can participate in to support United Way of the Lakeshore, March National Reading Month and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: Grow a Beard for Books and Shave your Beard for Books.

In Grown a Beard for Books one sets a fundraising goal and promotes it via Facebook fundraiser for @unitedwaylakeshore. Those who can’t grow a beard can still participate by being scruffy instead.

Shave your Beard for Books has participants shave their beard only if they reach their fundraising goal by March 31, 2021.

Those interested in participating/getting started can obtain more information on the United Way of the Lakeshore’s website.