Altrusa Recognizes International Book Giving Day

Kansas City – Most people recognize February 14th as Valentine's Day but it is also International Book Giving Day. Book Giving Day is devoted to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children and providing access to books for children in need. This special day of service was started in the United Kingdom but has spread across the globe.

Altrusa International of Greater Kansas City chose to recognize this special day of service by supporting literacy in two of our partner organizations. Altrusans collected picture board books, beginning readers as well as children's classics to give to both Mother's Refuge of Independence and Migrant Farmworkers Project in Lexington, MO. Both organizations strive to provide a supportive environment for their respective clients and openly welcome efforts to improve literacy. Mother's Refuge received 32 books and Migrant Farmworkers Project received 27 books.

The mission of Altrusa International is to improve communities worldwide by providing service, developing international leadership, fostering international understanding, and encouraging fellowship through an international network of dedicated volunteers. The Kansas City club is celebrating 75 years of service to the metropolitan area. Its members are passionate about service projects to benefit the community.

As a part of its 75th anniversary, the club members are planning a vintage fashion show and tea on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Historic Thompson Homestead Barn in Lenexa, KS. The afternoon will also have a Service Showcase featuring many of the organizations that Altrusa partners with to give back to the community, including Mother's Refuge and the Migrant Farmworkers Project. For more information about Altrusa or to reserve your tickets for the 75th anniversary vintage fashion show and tea, go to the club's website at www.greaterkansascity.altrusa.org and click on 75th anniversary party tab. For personal contact reach out to Club President, Shannon Johnston by e-mail at sjohnstonkc@gmail.com .

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