"I got my first library card when I was just 3 years old. I had a little purse, and I would put the card inside and carry it around proudly. I loved books.
Today, at age 85, I still love them. But I've had to change the way I read. My vision deteriorated as I got older, and my doctor declared me legally blind in 2000. I had to give up my driver's license. I stopped volunteering at my local library, because I couldn't see well enough. But the worst part was that I couldn't read newspapers and regular books. Oh, how I missed those books.
When my local commission for the blind referred me to the Perkins Library, I was thrilled to find a new way to read. The Library has thousands of titles on digital cartridges, and they mail the books and the machines on which to play them, all for free. Everything is so easy to use. Sure, you can find books on tape and CD at the public library, but you have to pick them up yourself. Especially for someone who doesn't have a car any longer, Perkins is wonderful.
I decided some time ago to include Perkins in my will. But I decided last year to do even more. By creating a charitable gift annuity, I'm investing in something I believe in and I'm getting something back for it, too. During difficult times like this, it's nice to have a regular, dependable payment. Even better, I'm getting a fixed rate of more than 8 percent—a number you won't find with any savings account or cd. And, like using the Library, it's effortless. I receive a check quarterly, and Perkins makes the deposit for me.
The Perkins Library is something I dearly, dearly love. I hope my gift will allow Perkins to continue helping people just like me rediscover the joy of reading."
Give to Perkins through a Charitable Gift Annuity and you will:
- Secure an attractive, fixed annual income for life.
- Receive higher returns with low risk.
- Receive substantial tax benefits.
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