When Jordin Voss turned six, she decided she did not want anymore toys. Instead, she asked her mom to add a special request to her birthday party invitations.
"We asked on the invitation if they could bring a new or used book instead of a gift," said Stacey Voss, Jordin's mother. "Jordin said she thought she could help other kids."
She wanted to donate books to a summer program in Granbury called "Healthy Kids Summer Lunch and Reading Program." Volunteers for the program deliver free sack lunches and books to 17 sites in the Granbury area. The lunches are handed out every weekday during the summer until Aug. 8.
All children 18 years old and younger are eligible, and no registration is required. The program is a joint effort by a community coalition of volunteers and the Granbury Independent School District food service department.
"Jordin's initiative is exactly what the coalition is all about," said Jerry Meador, GISD public information officer. "Last year, more than 8,000 books were handed out. All the books were either donated or bought with donated funds."
Jordin collected 71 books at her birthday party.
Stacey also said Jordin still received plenty of toys for her sixth birthday, as well.
"She and I will be volunteering to hand out the lunches and books and reading to the children that come," said Stacey. "We think Jordin is just really pretty special."