Chandler Veterinarian Sees the Importance of Taking Advantage of the Holiday Season to Improve Literacy

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Gifts of Stories from the Golden Age books are his choice of entertaining reading material this Christmas to the Marines Toys for Tots Pragram

Dr. Dwight Benesh of Chandler Small Animal Clinic donates for Marine Toys for Tots literacy program.

I have been running a business for thirty years and I can say with total reality that 'Yes, people need to read.'

Dr. Dwight Benesh, owner of the Chandler Small Animal Clinic, has long been a supporter of literacy and activities which encourage reading. One activity he has recently adopted as a means of encouraging literacy is the USMC holiday program, Toys for Tots.

Long known for its humanitarian purpose to provide holiday gifts for underprivileged youth, an equally important goal for Toys for Tots is to provide books as part of its literacy program. Oftentimes, the books received will be the only books in that home. Benesh stated, “I have been running a business for thirty years and I can say with total reality that ‘Yes, people need to read.’"

He continued, “I made the decision years ago that I was a very lucky person having been exposed to good books in my youth and that I would work the rest of my life to share that with others. I would work to provide good, clean books that are fun reading. I promised myself not to ever let go of that goal. So, year after year, I stay true to that objective.”

The books he particularly prefers to give are Stories from the Golden Age, a line of adventure, mystery, science fiction, fantasy and western stories written by L. Ron Hubbard during the 1930s and 40s. Providing high interest books, loaded with action and which have a moralistic undertone—where it is important to do the right thing, is important he feels. Again in his own words, “I have sent books to the troops, I've sent books into schools, libraries and even the Boy Scouts here in America. I have even funded and saw to it that books were provided for reading test programs in Malaysia, China and the Middle East as Reading as Second Language materials. That is why the Toys for Tots Literacy Program is #1 on my list this year for Christmas.”

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For more information about the Chandler Small Animal Clinic, go to or call (480) 963-3003.

Dr. Benesh relocated to Chandler, Arizona in 1986 when he purchased the Chandler Small Animal Clinic. He believes in spoiling his clients and pets with lots of tender loving care, which has resulted in tremendous growth for the Chandler Small Animal Clinic. Continuing education is a priority for Dr. Benesh, who attends veterinary seminars across the country. Dr. Benesh is also a student of life whose greater purpose is to help his fellow man, together with his pets, live a better life.

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