Blue Star Families (BSF) and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) have joined forces to bring the joy of reading to military children by donating new books to military children and to military-impacted libraries and schools in Hawaii.

The program, Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces, is a nationwide program presented by Blue Star Families in conjunction with Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.).  The goal of this program is to have a positive impact on children from military families through book donation. Blue Star Families will present books provided by K.I.D.S. to base libraries, Department of Defense schools, and military-impacted public schools.

“Children’s reading levels tend to decline during the absence of a parent assigned to serve our country.  The presence of new books that these children can call their own makes a big difference in their academic development.” Said Janice Weinman, President Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc.

From August 4th through August 7, 2010, Loree Tillman, BSF Director of Programs and Military Spouse Magazine’s 2010 Navy Spouse of the Year, will be on hand for Books on Bases events at Army Schofield Barracks/SGT Yano Library, Tripler Army Medical Center, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Navy Exchange on Oahu.  These events will include the distribution of approximately 2000 books to military base hospitals and libraries.

“The goal of the Books on Bases program is to promote the healing power of books among military children,” said Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families, Inc. “Blue Star Families is delighted to partner with K.I.D.S. to provide books to military-impacted and base libraries and schools and to show support for our military families in Hawaii.”

Hawaii Books on Bases Events

Army Schofield Barracks/SGT Yano Library: August 4, 2010 from 3:00PM – 4:00PM
1565 Kole Kole Ave. Bldg. 560
Schofield Barracks
Honolulu, Hawaii 96857-5000

Jt Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam/Hickam Library Friday: August 6, 2010 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM
990 Mills Blvd. (Bldg 595)
Hickam AFB, HI 96853-5316

Tripler Army Medical Center: August 6, 2010 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM
1 Jarrett White Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96859-5000
Marine Corps Base Hawaii Library: August 7, 2010 from 10:00AM – 2:00PM
MCBH MCCS Base Library
MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863-3073

Blue Star Families plans to distribute 25,000 books in 2010, 30,000 in 2011, and 35,000 in 2012 to reach a goal of providing 100,000 books to military children through Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces.

“We are pleased to be a book distribution venue for the Books on Bases, Smiles on Faces program.  It’s always a thrill to connect children with books.” Said Amy Nogami, Chief Librarian

About Blue Star Families: Blue Star Families is a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life with civilian community and leaders and worked to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes spouses, children and parents of service members as well as service members, veterans and civilians.

To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org

About Kids in Distressed Situations: For 23 years, K.I.D.S. has brought hope and self-esteem to children and their families by
providing new clothes, shoes, toys, furnishings, books and juvenile products donated by leading
manufacturers and retailers. The donations move through K.I.D.S.’ network of more than 1,000
community-based social service agencies in the United States to reach children in need.

Loree Tillman, director of programs for BlueStarFam.org, submitted this story.

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