I genuinely believe that if we could address the literacy problem, that’s the best way to break the cycle of poverty that these youngsters live in—that’s the key.
Union, MO (PRWEB) December 03, 2014
Dr. Ava Frick owner of the Pet Rehab and Pain Clinic in Chesterfield, MO, has become a driving force in the community providing a happier Christmas—an extremely significant issue this upcoming holiday season.
At a gala event Saturday night attended by Frick at Galaxy Press, in Hollywood, CA, where Lt. General Pete Osman USMC (Ret) President & CEO of the US Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program was the keynote speaker talking about the need for books for youth, specifically as a solution to illiteracy and ultimately the other social ills of crime and violence attendant to illiteracy. The General thanked Frick and presented her a special recognition for her generous contribution of the Stories from the Golden Age, stories written by L. Ron Hubbard in the 1930s and ‘40s and which give the message of hope and doing the right thing, a message very crucial at this time of year.
In a recent memo to other community leaders, Frick stated, “The United States Marine Corp is the force behind ‘Toys for Tots.’ I am not aware of a large focus on this project in our area. What I see is that we could be a collection point. Each business could become a part of this without much effort and as a whole we could do a great service, provide toys and books for the Marines to distribute in the surrounding communities.”
In a report from Kids Count Data Center, 23% of all children in Missouri live below the poverty level. That is nearly 1 in 4 kids. Frick observed, “I genuinely believe that if we could address the literacy problem, that’s the best way to break the cycle of poverty that these youngsters live in—that’s the key.” She went on to note, “With the recent scenes of Ferguson there are many children that will be at the effect of all of this.” And so in addition of her own personal contribution of 5,000 books to the Toys for Tots program in Ferguson, she is urging other business leaders to likewise take part in this very worthwhile charity program.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity and has as its mission to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas.
For more information on how you can participate in this program, contact Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, at (636) 489-5350.
Dr. Frick's Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic located at 100 Chesterfield Bluffs Dr., Chesterfield, MO is available for the treatment of large animals (horses, llamas, donkeys, mules, etc.) and small animals alike.