By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Babies born at North Mississippi Medical Center will continue to receive the classic children’s book “Good Night Moon,” thanks to a new financial donation.
Comcast of Tupelo Inc. presented the Mayor’s Education Task Force with a $5,000 check on Friday to allow it to buy more copies of the book.
The task force, which was created by Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr., launched the initiative in 2010 to provide a copy of Margaret Wise Brown’s book to every child born in the Tupelo hospital. That initial collection of books has been given away, said Ellen Friloux, administrator for women and children’s services at North Mississippi Medical Center.
The new donation will allow the task force to purchase 1,350 more copies of the book, a supply that Friloux said should last for about seven months.
“We understand that reading is essential,” said Patricia Collins, senior director government affairs for Comcast. “We are excited and proud to be partnering with you.”
Reed said the task force is continuing to seek donations to fund the books. He said it takes about $8,000 to cover a year.
“To keep it going, we need more people who believe in this project and who believe it is the right way for a child to start his or her life,” Reed said.
The new supply of books should be ready by about the middle of April, he said.
The initiative ties into Reed’s campaign objective to make Tupelo a center of lifelong learning.
“You can’t start any earlier in life than what this project is doing and what Comcast is making happen,” Reed said.
Friloux said the hospital is proud to be involved with the project.
“We love delivering babies, and anything we can do to give these babies a better start in life, we love to do it,” she said.
To Donate to the Good Night Moon book project, contact the mayor’s offie (662) 841-6513 or (662) 841-6525, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.