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Tuesday, January 2nd 2007 - 09:24 CET
Surrounded by smiling second- and third-graders, legendary actor James Earl Jones spread a little holiday joy and shared his love of reading with children at the newly re-opened Gorenflo Elementary School Tuesday (Dec. 19). The school was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina last year. A group of 40 students listened and dozens of parents and teachers looked on as Jones, who is a Mississippi native, and the children took turns reading aloud a popular book for children, "Clifford's Family." The reading was part of Verizon's Seasons' Readings, the company's annual employee-giving campaign that, this year, is aimed at children in the Gulf Coast region.
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Tuesday, January 2nd 2007 - 09:07 CET
Many underprivileged children will have a brighter holiday this year through Verizon Business' online gift-collection effort to provide toys for the U.S. Marine Corps' Marine Toys for Tots program. Verizon Business employees based in the United States participated in a company-sponsored Virtual Toy Drive via the Internet. They made cash contributions, which were matched dollar for dollar by the company, and they also donated toys at company locations around the country. The average cash contribution from each participant was $45; the total has already surpassed last year's total of $50,000.




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