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Operation Record a Story Helps Deployed Military Moms and Dads Share Story Time with Their Kids Back Home

Posted Nov 07 2010 7:30am

This Veteran’s Day, Record a StoryT Books Will Become Part of Popular United Through ReadingR Military Program

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, military Moms and Dads separated from their children can share story time as a family through Operation Record a Story.  Publications International, Ltd., (PIL) will donate its new Record a StoryT books to the non-profit United Through ReadingR Military Program for deployed service members to record for their children.  The books, together with a video of the parent recording the story, will then be shipped to kids in time for the holidays.

Recordings will take place at the following United Through Reading locations:

*       USO DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

*       USO – Fort Hood, Texas

*       USO – BWI Airport

*       USO Camp Beuhring – Kuwait

*       USO Balad – Iraq

*       USO Kandahar – Afghanistan

*       USO Bagram – Afghanistan (Pat Tillman Memorial USO)

*       USO of Georgia – Jean R. Amos USO Center

*       USS George H. W. Bush (Naval Station Norfolk, VA)

*       USS Abraham Lincoln (Everett, WA)

Since 1990, United Through Reading has been sending kids videotapes of Their military parents reading books aloud for them.  The program, which is free-of-charge, also encourages parents or caretakers at home to photograph or videotap e the child enjoying the book and DVD they receive, and then send the photos or videotapes back to the service member.

Operation Record a Story takes the program to a new level by adding a recordable storybook to the mix.  As a child turns the book pages, the story is literally read to them by their parent.  Titles include ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Sesame Street: Together at Heart, Dora the Explorer and Guess How Much I Miss You.

logo_usoUTRLogo_Military_c “Through Operation Record a Story, we wanted to honor the sacrifices of military parents who are separated from their children while serving our country,” said Mike Sieczkowski, Executive Vice President of Sales at PIL. “It is a privilege to work with United Through Reading and the USO to provide Record a Story books for our deployed soldiers.”

Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D., chief executive of United Through Reading, added, “Record a Story  complements our mission of uniting families through the  bonding experience of reading aloud together.  Having a parent deployed for any period of time can be a difficult experience for both a child and the parent.  Over the last 20 years, our Military Program has been able to make the separation a little less stressful for so many by reaching more than 870,000 beneficiaries.”

USO President Sloan Gibson said, “The United Through Reading program has contributed greatly to achieving our common goal, which is to continually  deliver comfort and support to our troops and their families.  We welcome Record a Story into the fold for this special initiative.”

Record a Story is available this holiday season at major retailers.  For more information, visit www.record-a-story.com .

For information about how to donate to the United Through Reading Military Program, visit www.unitedthroughreading.org .

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