Sunday, July 20, 2014

to quote Picasso...

Ain't that the truth?  And we did a lot of counting today.  Just look at how many people we served through our giveaway line today:

These people rocked it, not to mention another handful who work behind the scenes to prepare our onsite volunteers for the giveaway (Psst...Have you been following our month long Behind the Scenes photos on Facebook and Twitter?).

Look at these bins...most of them are empty!  All the donations from our ongoing 50 States Challenge, all the items we collected from local donors...gone in less than 50 minutes!  We've got enough razors, soap bars and toothbrushes for our next giveaway but need to replenish the other bins.  Make your donation count.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 20th Giveaway: Guaranteed Sunshine and Lollipops!

Join us Sunday, July 20th--National Lollipop Day!!--as we distribute basic living items to people who are homeless.  If you're a first-timer, check out the When & Where info on this site. We start at 9:00 am sharp and finish no later than 10:00 so the early bird gets to have all the fun.  It will be the best hour of your day! Our youth volunteers will be handing out lollipops...yum!

For people bringing donations, please drop off those items at the truck so we can log them first. We'll also have some of our core volunteers available to guide you to where we need help on the line.  If you have tables and room to transport them, please bring them. Everyone is invited to join us for eats and good times at Central Market (North Lamar & 38th) immediately after the giveaway.

If you're not a morning person or you're not in Austin, you can still support us by participating in our 50 States Challenge.  We're celebrating our 5 year anniversary in September so we're looking to collect a donation from each state before September 30th. Will you help us spread the word?

Our Behind the Scenes of ATXAHH series on Facebook and Twitter will end on July 31st.  We hope you've enjoyed seeing all the work that goes into these monthly events.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Do something AMAZING this summer!

Let us be a part of that green sliver in your summer plans. Do something AMAZING by donating to our summer giveaways. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your home. We'll send a volunteer to your door to pick up the items.

Here's the tried and true list of items we always accept. Looking to go a little beyond amazing?  Consider donating some toilet paper rolls (2 ply is kinder on the backside), sunglasses or water bottles...but not the cat. 

While you're browsing the Interwebs and staying cool indoors, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds. This month we're running a Behind the Scenes series to show you what's involved in planning our monthly events.

If you want to be EXTRA amazing this summer, join us at the next giveaway on National Lollipop Day, July 20th.  Sing it with me...

We've had lots of positive feedback about gathering at the Central Market patio so we'll do that again this month immediately after the giveaway. If you have another location we should try out, say the word. It needs to be easy to get to from the giveaway location, have a place for the adults to gather and something to keep the youth volunteers entertained.