Stories of Optimism

Optimists Support Military Families
August 27, 2013

The Apple Valley Optimist Club of California has reached their goal of raising $1,000 to support United Through Reading’s Military Program.  United Service Organizations, also known as the USO, along with its partner United Through Reading® gives deployed troops the opportunity to record themselves reading books to their children. The recordings are then mailed back to the family with a copy of the book.

“Think how wonderful it would be for these children to have something so memorable, not to mention the moral support this offers to the parent at home,” Member Julie Whittingham said.

For the past year, the Club has held various fundraisers to support this program.  Some of the events included partnering with their local bookstore gift wrapping books over the holidays and having a booth at a local festival, to pass out information and ask the public for their support. 

The Apple Valley Optimist Club is the first Optimist Club to receive the USO/Optimist International commemorative patch for their outstanding support of military families. All Optimist Clubs raising $1,000 or more earn this patch.  For more information, please call 800-500-8130 or e-mail



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