BAE Systems’ Johnson Family Facility is launching a program today aimed at helping military family members connect to one another through summer reading. The company will partner with United Through Reading and First Book for a virtual book drive that will last throughout the month of June. The program aims to ease some of the concerns children experience when their parents are deployed.
United Through Reading allows parents deployed at command locations across the globe to read books aloud on DVD, which are then shared with their children in addition to siblings, extended family members, and young people they mentor.
“Our employees are passionate about supporting military service men and women,” Johnson City Site leader Amar Rai said. “BAE Systems’ United Through Reading campaign illustrates our company’s commitment to helping connect military families.”
For every $10 donated, United Through Reading will receive five books, which can be given to military children along with a DVD of their deployed parent reading that book. United Through Reading hopes the ability to view their parents reading each book will allow the children to feel a connection with their parents that is lost in their absence. BAE Systems employees will support the book drive by donating money to buy virtual books, with a fundraising goal of $50,000 the firm hopes to have reached by the end of June.