Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Donates $50,000 to Honor KNTR Co-Founder Nathan Fillion

Kids Need to Read (KNTR) sincerely thanks Mr. Joss Whedon for his extremely generous gift to the organization in the amount of $50,000. The contribution was made as a tribute to Whedon’s friend and colleague, KNTR co-founder Nathan Fillion.

Mesa, AZ, January 11, 2015 --( Writer, director and producer Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), has donated $50,000 to Kids Need to Read (KNTR) as a tribute to his friend and colleague, KNTR co-founder Nathan Fillion. Mr. Whedon has worked with actor Nathan Fillion in several of his productions, including Firefly, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Much Ado about Nothing.

The majority of the children Kids Need to Read serves live under extremely challenging circumstances. Books can be used as incredibly effective tools to help lead these children to enrich their lives, envision a vibrant future, and accomplish their goals. Contributors make it possible for Kids Need to Read to provide multitudes of books to children seeking hope and inspiration, as well as educational information to parents who are unaware of the impact reading together has on their children’s future success. The result is invaluable.

Mr. Whedon’s beneficence will assist Kids Need to Read beyond measure, enabling the organization to expand in order to inspire more children and adolescents “to value the written word,” as stated by one of the educators with whom Kids Need to Read has worked closely. How wonderful that it should come from such a supremely gifted writer—and one so intimately connected to Kids Need to Read’s “Browncoat” roots. In fact, you could say that Kids Need to Read is a legacy of Mr. Whedon’s work, as it was organized and nurtured by hardworking Firefly fans possessing a passion to help others.

Kids Need to Read is exceedingly grateful to Mr. Whedon, as well as Mr. Fillion, for contributing to the long-term success of disadvantaged children through their support of the organization and its programs designed to assist children through literacy. They invite other like-minded individuals who “value the written word” to join them in their cause.

About Kids Need to Read:
Founded with a passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing inspiring book collections and engaging literacy programs to underfunded schools, libraries, and organizations across the nation, Kids Need to Read aspires to empower and embolden every last child through a culture of reading. For many of the children it serves, Kids Need to Read represents a crucial link to a strong literacy education, and its programs help build and nurture support systems that these children may be lacking elsewhere in their lives. By immersing children in an integrated world of literary experiences that teaches them, firsthand, the impact of reading on every aspect of life, imagination is ignited and confidence is built for a prosperous future, regardless of race, economic status, or personal capabilities.
Kids Need to Read
Lori Cothrun
2450 West Broadway Road, Suite 110
Mesa, Arizona 85202