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HENDERSONVILLE, NC, Dec. 4, 2020 — The Children & Family Resource Center (CFRC) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Truist Foundation. This grant will expand the book collection of early childhood classrooms in Henderson County to include more stories and images of diverse children and books celebrating and honoring differences.

Reading diverse children’s literature with its youngest learners helps them become more accepting, compassionate and supports the full inclusion of all children. Children’s books are one of the most effective tools to engage with young children on important issues.

Executive Director Jamie Wiener shared, “Our team has been curating a list of books that represent the diverse experiences of children for months now. We appreciate the opportunity to add books to classroom libraries that acknowledge and celebrate differences, supporting culturally responsive child care centers and family child care homes thanks to the Truist Foundation grant.”

Sharing books that highlight the diversity of people in the world with early childhood classrooms and family child care homes in Henderson County will allow CFRC to directly impact the lives of the children in Henderson County, improve the quality of early learning environments, and expand on its existing work with early childhood educators. 

“We’re proud to support CFRC’s efforts to promote literature that reflects and honors all children and families,” said Heath Campbell, Metrolina regional president at Truist, speaking on behalf of the Truist Foundation. “At Truist, we embrace diversity and inclusion, and helping children access books that depict people with different backgrounds and perspectives represents our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”  

About Truist Foundation

The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE:TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at Truist.com/Truist-Foundation.