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Mike Thomas, general manager of Amazon’s Chattanooga Fulfillment Center, reads to preschoolers at the Chambliss Center for Children on May 21. Mike Thomas, general manager of Amazon’s Chattanooga Fulfillment Center, reads to preschoolers at the Chambliss Center for Children on May 21.

Tuesday, Amazon made a substantial donation to the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

The world's largest online retailer donated $6,250 to United Way's "Project Ready for School" program.

Amazon is a statewide partner of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF). The donation was one-fourth of Amazon's total donation to the GBBF. The total donation of $25,000 was distributed evenly among four counties: Bradley, Hamilton, Rutherford, and Wilson.

The money will be used to provide high-quality, age-appropriate books to preschool children.

"Amazon's donation to the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation demonstrates a huge commitment to local communities and to United Way of Greater Chattanooga in support of early childhood education in our community," said United Way of Great Chattanooga CEO Eva Dillard. "Project Ready for School and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library are key components in our work in education – early childhood literacy is a major steppingstone on the path to education success and high school graduation."

"Amazon is thrilled to partner with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation by supporting its mission of making sure children have books available at home," said Mike Thomas, general manager of Amazon's Chattanooga Fulfillment Center. "Reading is so important in the development and growth of children. The Imagination Library program allows Amazon to make a difference in the lives of so many young Tennesseans, which is humbling and gratifying." 

Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library in 1996 as a gift to the children in her hometown of Sevierville

All of Tennessee's 408,000 children under age 5 have access to the Imagination Library, and an Imagination Library program affiliate exists in all 95 counties in the state. Registered children receive one book every month in the mail at no cost to families.

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