As one of the largest personal injury firms in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys, Lundy Law understands the importance of community. The Lundy family has been serving the community for over 70 years, and works with a team that keeps their priorities close to home. So when looking for a way to serve their community, Judy and Leonard Lundy in cooperation with their team at Lundy Law founded the Lundy Law Foundation in honor of the firm’s founding partner, Marvin Lundy.
“My husband’s Uncle Marvin was a very philanthropic man, and so when he passed away we wanted to continue his giving through the next generation,” explains Judy Lundy, president of the Lundy Law Foundation. Lundy decided the focus would be on children and literacy.
The mission statement of the Lundy Law Foundation is to “expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.” The Lundy Law Foundation aims to achieve that mission statement by providing children in the community access to new and gently used books.
“Learning and reading go hand-in-hand, and books are a way to connect a family,” says Lundy. “Reading is a form of bonding for a parent or guardian and a child. And when we’re actually able to give a child their own book, they can read it over and over for their enjoyment.”
The first and biggest initiative of the Lundy Law Foundation was and is with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP. The Lundy Law Library Express was created with the idea of getting books into the hands of children at a very difficult time. The Lundy Law Library Express’ red carts are filled with brand-new books that volunteers deliver to the children in the more than 500 rooms in the hospital. Some of the books are in Spanish and in Braille. In addition, the Lundy Law Library Express has hosted author story time at CHOP.
“In our library the kids get to pick a book from their hospital bed and keep it to read while in the hospital and take it back home,” explains Lundy. “In addition there are carts in the emergency department and at the Buerger Center filled with gently used books for the kids, again theirs to keep.”
Lundy was invited to work with CHOP’s Global Health Center, a program that provides care and supplies to medical centers in the Dominican Republic and Africa.
“We sourced and delivered a full shipment of Spanish children’s books to barrios and clinics all over the Dominican Republic,” says Lundy. “In many cases these were the first books that these children have ever owned.”
Lundy was invited to fly down with the physicians to the clinics and barrios and was personally able to hand-deliver more books.
The Lundy Law Foundation has also worked with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, the National Jewish History Museum’s Courageous Choices program and other organizations. The foundation is in partnership with Scholastic to collect financial donations for the purchase of new books at a great price via their website, LundyLawLibraryExpress.org. Donations made through this site enable those who are interested in supporting their mission to help buy more books, ensuring that more children have access to a new book they can call their own.
Lundy also collects new and gently used books through book drives with schools and other venues willing to help.
As the world looks to a future with less lockdown restrictions, Lundy says that she’s looking forward to continuing book drives to keep their mission thriving. “We’re always looking for gently used books and new books, and we’re looking forward to continuing the Lundy Law Library Express for the kids at CHOP and elsewhere.”
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