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Nashville's Ride for Reading [UPDATE]

Published May 4, 2010

Shannon Haslam, who used to work for Tifosi Optics and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee informed me that a local charity needs some help after the rain and floods that have recently swept through the area. 

Nashville's Ride for Reading distributes books to children who are not fortunate enough to own their own. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 1 age-appropriate for every 300 children. Besides donating, people log thousands of miles in the saddle to help raise money for this worthy cause. 

"His entire storage building (with all of the books) is completely under water in addition to his basement," she said. "I know they take product donations, cash and books of course. They take all kinds of books and trade the ones that are not appropriate for kids to other organizations in exchange for kids books. One of the local shops is accepting shipments on their behalf until they can arrange for another facility."

Nashville Bicycle Lounge
c/o Ride For Reading
961 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

They can be reached at or 615-378-READ.

"Hopefully we can keep them going," she said. "It's taken them three years to get to the level they were at three days ago and now he's pretty much back to square one."

UPDATE: "The books are safe," Shannon said. "We just word that the storage area the RFR books were in was spared."

But that doesn't mean this fine orginization couldn't still use our support!!!

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