Altrusa provides needed supplies to residents at Anciano Tower

Becky Wolford (L) and Elaine Moore pose with the cases
of supplies donated to the residents of Anciano Tower.
In our third year of support for the low-income residents of Anciano Tower, Altrusa International of Montrose changed the focus from the prior years. At the suggestion of the Member Services Director at the Tower, we agreed to provide much-needed supplies of laundry detergent, dish soap, and toilet paper for each of the residents.

Members donated $371 to add to the $250 line item in the 2014-2015 Service Budget. Project chair Elaine Moore coordinated the purchase and delivery of the items, The manager of the Household Products department, Roger Johnson, was extremely helpful in coordinating the special orders. Committee member Sandra L. Tyler asked 5 local dentists -- Dr. Bloss, Dr. Clader at Colorado Smiles, Dr. Drakulich, Dr. Stucky, and Drs. Spencer-Gross and Dodsworth at True Grin -- to each donate 10 toothbrushes, 10 toothpastes, and 10 dental floss (or mouth wash) to the project for the 49 residents. They were glad to participate in the project.

Altrusa of Montrose was pleased to support these truly forgotten members of our community.

One step closer...

Francie Smiles, president of Bosom Buddies, presented a beautiful plaque to Altrusa of Montrose CO at our December 2, 2014 meeting, in appreciation for our long-term support of the organization which "provides emotional and financial support to those persons living in the small communities of southwestern Colorado who are affected by breast cancer disease." 

For the past 22 years, Bosom Buddies has held a Walk/Run fundraiser for their nonprofit group and Altrusa members have been there each year to help with registration and other logistics. Francie told our club that the fundraiser could not have happened over the years without our help, 

We are proud to support this wonderful organization which has helped so many women (and men) whose own lives and lives of their families have been impacted by breast cancer.

Raising funds to help our community (and others!)

Altrusa of Montrose is pleased to host our annual Holiday Festival & Gifts fundraising event again this year. We've just finished setting up the numerous decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets, gift certificates, and several special items for the silent auction. The public is invited to view and bid on the items all this coming week (Monday, 11/17 through Friday, 11/21) in the lobby of Wells Fargo in downtown Montrose.

On Friday evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. we'll hold a festive party with catered appetizers and desserts, wine, beer, and other beverages. Bidding on the auction items will close at 8:15 p.m. Tickets to the festival party are on sale for $20 at Fabula (downtown) and will also be available at the door the night of the event.

New this year:
Be sure to check out the gorgeous Altrusa Literacy Tree just inside the front entrance to the bank. The tree is decorated with children's books and delightful ornaments, including notes from people remembering their favorite books from their own childhood. This tree is not for sale. Instead, it will be donated to the Children's section of our own Montrose Library to promote next summer's reading program. Young participants will have the opportunity to earn rewards of books directly from the tree.

We hope you'll support Altrusa's many literacy projects with a donation to our Literacy Committee. Learn more about this key committee is up to this year, and help us continue to enhance literacy in our community. A donation box has been placed by the Altrusa Literacy Tree for this purpose.

See you on November 21st!