Altrusa International of St. Augustine in an effort to give a little comfort and warmth to the residents who were displaced by Hurricane Matthew decide to have a soup kitchen, “Doin’ It in Unity Soup Bowl”. We knew that relief agencies would be heading out soon and that many would still be struggling in a couple of weeks. Although the city had many areas, which were flooded, two areas of the city of St Augustine were identified as having received the worst of the devastation. Lincolnville and Davis Shores on Anastasia Island. Our membership quickly joined hands with area friends and several in the business community.
The first event would take place in Lincolnville. We began there because Nyk Smith, one of our members has a certified kitchen in the area and agreed to support the efforts from her shop. The menu consisted of two soups, bread, dessert, and coffee. We served a little under 100 residents on Monday , November 7, 2016. The pot and a half of soup, which remained that evening was quickly transported to the local homeless shelter, the St Francis House who has lost its kitchen due to the flood. It generally houses an estimated 38 residents and delivers meals to others in need throughout St Johns County.
This week we received notification from Governor Norma Teuton, District 3, that we were approved for a significant disaster relief award from the Altrusa International Foundation. With their help we can now offer food and relaxation to Davis Shores before the Christmas Holidays.
We thank everyone who wrote, called, and prayed for our community and our well-being. We will always be appreciative for all the generosity sent our way.
Altrusans in St. Augustine Celebrate
1000 Books for 100 Years of Service
Altrusa International of St Augustine met it’s membership challenge! We wanted to celebrate Altrusa International 's Centennial by collecting and donating "1000 Books for 100 Years of Service" and coordinated this effort with Literacy Day! We were fortunate in that our projects coincided with the Lincolnville Heritage Festival which celebrated150 years of Black History in this community.
In total we donated 1188 books, these books will be used to promote literacy for VPK families who are being serviced through the Early Childhood Services Department of the St Johns County School Board. We founded a great partnership with Mary Ann Holanchock , St Johns School Board Coordinator.
During the week we loaded and complied car loads of books for the Early Childhood Services Lending Library and gave away more books from our booth during the weekend celebrations at Lincolnville Festival.
Books came from many parts of Florida, Michigan, New York and California, many family members and friends responded and contributed to our personal Face book requests: Pleading for Reading.
Altrusa International of St Augustine is so proud of our efforts. We made many new friends, held a raffle and promoted literacy all while enjoying camaraderie and the festive atmosphere.