A Local Gas Station is Raising Money to Buy Books for Kids. - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

A Local Gas Station is Raising Money to Buy Books for Kids.

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A local gas station and the Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation are teaming up to raise money to give books to kids.

For the month of August, you can buy a card for a dollar at all Sun Mart gas stations in the Tri-Cities.  They'll then send the cards and the money to the Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation who will use it to buy books.  For every card you buy, a book will be given to a child in the area.

"We have eighteen locations here, locally in the Tri-Cities, all competing against each other to try to raise the most amount of money for this great organization.  So come on down here and support a great cause,"  says Chris Eerkes, Sales Manager for Sun Mart.

So far Sun Mart has raised around $2500.00 just in the first week.  Last year they raised $6,500.00 total, and they hope to surpass that and raise more ten thousand dollars this year.

The reading foundation hopes to give away around 30,000 books this year.

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