Read, indeed!

August 10, 2011 3:22:40 PM PDT
Maria Keller has read hundreds of books, and has had a passion for reading ever since she was born.

However, when Maria's mother told her that some kids do not have any books to read at home, Maria did something about it.

"I just didn't think that was right, so I decided to create Read Indeed," said Maria.

It all started with one book drive. Maria decided to donate one thousand books to kids in need. Then, she decided that she wanted to do it again.

Maria's goal was to donate a million books by her eighteenth birthday. In two years and at just eleven years old, Maria has not only turned Read Indeed into a non-profit organization, but she has also donated more than 461 thousand books to kids all over the globe.

"When I set that goal for when I was 18, I never thought I would be able to get halfway in two years," said Maria.

Most of the donated books go to organizations to help at-risk kids. Additionally, some of the books go to hospitals to help kids take their minds off why they're there.

In low-income neighborhoods in the United States, There is just one book for every 300 children. Sixty-one percent of those families have no books at all, which is a fact that keeps Maria's efforts going strong.

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