TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank Join Forces with First Book to Provide 20,000 Books for Children in Need

 TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank Join Forces with First Book to Provide
                      20,000 Books for Children in Need

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2012

Grants for books provided to 50 programs and schools serving nearly 30,000
children from Maine to Florida

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First Book, a nonprofit
organization that provides new books to children in need, announced today that
it has received two separate contributions totaling $114,000 from The TD
Charitable Foundation and TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, as part of
TD's commitment to education.

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With renewed funding from the TD Charitable Foundation, First Book launched
the second year of its Banking on Books program which provides new books to
schools and programs that serve children in need. With the Foundation's
contribution, First Book distributed $1,000 book awards to 50 schools and
programs. The awards were used to purchase thousands of new, high quality
children's books on First Book's online Marketplace at prices far below
retail.

First Book grant recipients include:

  oConnecticut: Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, New Britain Parks and
    Recreation Department
  oDelaware: 4H Afterschool, Walnut Street YMCA School's Out
  oDistrict of Columbia: People Animals Love
  oFlorida: A Brighter Day Academy, ASPIRE To Inc., Ephesus Junior Academy,
    Kidsville Early Learning Center, RCMA School Age Programs, What About The
    Children Inc.
  oMaine: Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin, WMCA WIC Program
  oMassachusetts: Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Cambridge Somerville
    WIC Program, For Kids Only Afterschool, Springfield VACA Inc., The Boys
    and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke Inc., The Salvation Army Kids Club
  oNew Hampshire: Nashua Neighborhood Learning Center, Seacoast Youth
    Services and the Seabrook Adventure Zone, Winchester School ACCESS
  oNew Jersey: Archway Programs – Just Kids at Hurffville Elementary School,
    ASPIRA of New Jersey, Bergen Family Center, Camelot Schools, Egg Harbor
    City Public Schools 21st CCLC REACH Program, Every Child Valued, Nurse
    Family Partnership United Way of Central Jersey, Paterson School Number 8,
    Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
  oNew York: Albany Police Athletic League, Choice For All, City of Mount
    Vernon Youth Bureau, Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region,
    Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center, Liberty Partner Preschool,
    MPowering Kids, Ravenswood I Have a Dream Program, The Reading Team,
    Westcop Mamaroneck Child Development Center
  oNorth Carolina: Children First Communities in Schools of Buncombe County,
    New Hanover County Community ActionHead Start, Western Carolina Community
    Action Inc.
  oPennsylvania: 21^st Century Community Learning Center, Columbia North
    YMCA, EducationWorks, The Gift Preparatory School's ReCreate Summer Camp
  oSouth Carolina: Blessed To Care, Housing Authority of Lancaster Inc.
  oVermont: OASIS Afterschool Program and Putney Family Services Inc.,
    Student Success Winooski and Beyond
  oVirginia: The AnBryce Foundation

"Something as simple as access to a good book can be a powerful force in a
child's life," said Elizabeth K. Warn, President of the TD Charitable
Foundation "By partnering with local organizations such as First Book, the TD
Charitable Foundation is able to make those books a reality, creating a real
impact for children and families in our communities."

First Book and TD Bank also hosted four reading parties at eligible schools
and community programs in Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Each participating organization received a $2,000 First Book Marketplace
award, providing approximately 800 new books. TD Bank volunteers attended each
event to read with children and to distribute backpacks, bookmarks and brand
new books for children to take home and keep.

Studies have shown that access to books is one of the most critical factors in
developing reading skills, and the ratio of books to children in some
low-income neighborhoods is as low as one age-appropriate book for every 300
children, while middle-income neighborhoods average 13 books per home.

"The educators we work with across the country tell us every day what a
difference these books make in the lives of the kids they work with," said
Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "Thanks to partners like TD Bank
and the TD Charitable Foundation, we're not only giving kids the joy of owning
new books of their very own, we're transforming their lives by ensuring they
have the resources they need to succeed."

To learn more about TD Bank, visit www.tdbank.com or follow us on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

About First Book
First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational
resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families
throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books
available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of
children in need and the elevating the quality of education. For more
information, please visit them online or follow their latest news on Facebook
and Twitter.

About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is funded by TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD
Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial
banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to
serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD
Bank operates, having made $98.2 million in charitable donations since its
inception in 2002. The Foundation's areas of focus are affordable housing,
education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the
TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available
at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the
U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small
business and commercial banking products and services at nearly 1,300
convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the
Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer
customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®,
and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance.
TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn
more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUSand on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a
subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial
services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank is one of the few
banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody's and trades on the New York and Toronto
stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD." To learn more, visit www.td.com.

Media Contact:

First Book
Brian Minter
Office: 202-639-0115
Mobile: 202-744-3432
bminter@firstbook.org

TD Bank
Eric Springer
Office: 856-470-3898
Eric.Springer@td.com

SOURCE First Book

Website: http://www.firstbook.org
 
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