It really depends on if you read our regular blog posts or not to know who July’s Volunteer of the Month is.

Actually, even if you are a regular reader, you may still not know her since pretty much all of her work is done anonymously. Rather like Aria Stark, our VOM is a solid character without a name and without a face.

Sabrina Wagner has been writing our blog content since 2012 always coming up with fresh ideas and new topics.

Of course, we interviewed Sabrina and almost had her post this up as our blogger. We couldn’t do that now, could we! It would be like saying “Here’s your birthday gift, the wrapping paper and scotch tape are over there if you want it wrapped!”

Traveling Stories: Why did you choose to volunteer with Traveling Stories and what has been most impactful to you during your time with us?

Sabrina Wagner: Sorry if this is lengthy, but it truly is such an odd chain of events that brought me to Traveling Stories. It all started after seeing a Jenna Marbles video on YouTube in which she was wearing the Traveling Stories “Reading Is Sexy” shirt. I immediately hunted on the Internet to find where such a shirt existed and stumbled on to TS.

Flash forward a few months, I had recently moved to a small Caribbean island, and could not stop thinking about that “cool organization” with the great mission. Upon seeing they were searching for what I’m pretty sure was labeled as a “social media guru” at the time, I instantly reached out to Emily… and the rest is history. I guess if you are looking for the short answer- the main reason I chose to volunteer with Traveling Stories is that I wanted to make an impact on the world involving something I love – books! As far as most impactful moment, I would say getting the opportunity to go to San Diego and witness the StoryTent in action.

TS: What is your favorite children’s book and why?

SW: This is actually a really tough question, but in the end, I’m going to have to go with Goodnight Moon. My mom and I read that book together every night when I was a kid as far back as I can remember. 

TS: If you were throwing a dinner party and could invite any three guests, who would you choose?

SW: Oddly enough, I recently read a book called The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle that vibes right along with the lines of this question. Very similar to the main character in the book, who is also in fact named Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn would certainly make my list. I would also love to have John Lennon and Stephen King present at the party. Just to pick their brains would be incredible!

TS: Will you share with us why you believe volunteering with Traveling Stories is valuable? 

SW: Volunteering with Traveling Stories is extremely valuable because as a team we are changing so many lives. Providing books and literacy training to young minds is essential to not only help them grow as people but grow as dreamers. Books take us anywhere we could imagine and beyond. It is the free thinking and imagination which spawns from books that will create great leaders and change-makers for future generations. 

We’re happy Sabrina is finally out of the volunteering closet! Feel free to look at any of our blog posts to see what she’s been up to since she first started writing for us in 2012. Wow, has it already been seven years Sabrina? Thank you for all that you do!

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