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Volunteers Provide 15,000 New Books to Kids in Need for National Day of Service

First Book and KPMG Team Up for Volunteer Event on National Mall

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2013  -- Today, as part of the National Day of Service, thousands of volunteers on the National Mall packed 15,000 brand-new books into bags to be distributed to DC-area students.

The books, including "Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Doreen Rappaport, were provided by First Book, one of seven nonprofits featured as part of the National Day of Service.

Click here to see photos of the event, including pictures of volunteers, political leaders, and even a few celebrities.

"It was thrilling to see so many people come out today to do their part to put new books into the hands of kids from low-income families," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "We're honored to be a part of the National Day of Service; to show people the many ways they can help their communities through service."

Each volunteer packed two books into a bag, and decorated bookplates with personal messages. The books and other materials were made possible by KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, through its KPMG's Family for Literacy program.

"The KPMG volunteers were proud to team with First Book to help get 15,000 new books into the hands of children," said Candy Duncan, managing partner of KPMG's Washington Metro Area. "I can't think of a more fitting way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King."