Rep. Torres-Gomez and the NBS Foundation’s Project Aral

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If you’ve ever bought anything from a National Book Store branch, you’ve probably been asked by a cashier upon checking out if you’d like to donate a school pack or two for kids in public schools in remote areas, particularly in places hit by recent calamities. If you were a typical jaded buyer you’d be wary, you’d think “this might be a scam.”

Bea Torres, Programs Manager for the National Book Store Foundation Inc., said they had their doubts at the start of enlisting their buyers’ help in bringing school supplies to the children who need it most. She knew people might think it was indeed a scam and turnout might not be as expected. But kinder hearts prevailed, and they were surprised at the increasing turnout of donations as the years progressed.

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