This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.
At 8:53pm last Thursday night, my doorbell rang... It was our UPS delivery man with a very important package containing a gift for one of my kids. After what was most certainly a very long and stressful day, he was still smiling and took an extra precious few moments to look me in the eye and wish me a Happy Holidays before getting on his way.
This is just UPS #WishesDelivered at its smallest -- one package, one delivery, for one child. But on a larger scale, UPS is doing so much more as a company this holiday season, and I want to share one story with you all that I found especially touching.
Books have always been a huge part of my life. I learned to read before I even went to kindergarten, and I was never without a book growing up. These days not much has changed, although it's a little easier to transport a book with me wherever I go thanks to the Kindle app on my phone.
I've tried to instill a love of reading in my children, as well. So far, my oldest is my most avid reader, but they are all good readers, and I'm especially proud of my 11-year-old who was diagnosed with a tracking issue two years ago. She's come a long way in those two years and has really been challenging herself this year.
But my kids are some of the lucky ones, with plentiful access to books and parents who place a great value on reading. Many kids aren't so fortunate, so I loved watching this short video about Mr. Brown and the work he's doing to get books into the hands of impoverished children in Africa:
"Together, UPS and Mr. Brown will ship over 180 tons of books to schools in Africa over the next three years." How amazing is that?!
I'm ashamed to say that in all of our years donating toys during the holiday season, I don't believe we've ever included books with our donation. I just can't believe that it's never occurred to me, but I'm absolutely inspired to go purchase a stack right now to help make a few more wishes come true this year.
This year, UPS is highlighting other people and organizations in the community who are working to deliver wishes in their own way. For each magical story that's shared with the hashtag #WishesDelivered or on the #WishesDelivered Site, UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Boys & Girls Club of America, World Food Programme, Toys for Tots Literacy Program, The Salvation Army, and The UN Refugee Agency) -- up to $150K! That could help fulfill a lot of wishes...