Thousands of central Ohio children were helped by the collection and distribution of books and school supplies through a partnership between the National American Miss Pageant and Altrusa Club of Columbus, Ohio.
Since 2005, pageant contestants have collected books and school supplies as a service project and brought them to the event in Columbus for distribution by our club. The collection went to state-assisted agencies, churches, libraries, community resource centers, social service groups, literacy centers and ministries.
Special thanks goes out to the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging for allowing us to store the books and school supplies at their agency, while we completed the recipient sorting.
In 2015, this Altrusa service project received the Letha H. Brown Literacy Award from District Five.