Book 'em! Wilmington cop donates books to kids

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March 16, 2014 7:28:22 AM PDT
A police officer in Wilmington, Delaware is trying to help the children of the city, one book at a time.

Master Corporal Gary Tabor said he once read statistics that said that "children who read well by third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school."

Armed with that knowledge, Tabor decided to take action.

He began collecting books that he would keep in the trunk of his patrol car and hand them out to children in the Riverside housing unit of Wilmington.

It's a mission he took on while on patrol.

"In my previous duties, in major crimes unit, I entered a lot of homes in the Riverside house area and I noticed there weren't a lot of books in homes," Tabor said.

Tabor enlisted the help of local book stores, and the Catholic Charities Thrift Store, two months ago.

He believes that if he can get a book in every child's hand, he help change their future.

"I thought to myself, 'if I could collect some books and maybe help some children learn to read, it may help them learn how to get out of poverty one day.'"

If you'd like to help, you can donate books by dropping them off at the Catholic Charities Thrift Center on East 23rd Street in Wilmington.


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