Carpet One and its membership are pitching in to make the holidays brighter for underprivileged children this season. For the eighth consecutive year, the retail cooperative will make a corporate donation to the Toys for Tots Foundation, while Carpet One stores nationwide have agreed to donate thousands of books to children in need. The effort is in keeping with Carpet One's ongoing support for children's literacy programs. The company says it has helped bring more than 340,000 books to deserving children over the years. "As a parent, I know how important it is for kids today to learn to enjoy reading at an early age," said Evan Hackel, president of Carpet One. "This is a wonderful cause that I'm happy to be able to support. I'm proud that our members recognize the importance of children's literacy and are supporting the cause in their local communities."