Sunday, September 21, 2014

Here's to (at least) 5 more years!

What a great morning! Since we celebrated our 5 year anniversary this month, there were lots of good treats to share with the 125+ people in our giveaway line, compliments of the many talented bakers among our volunteer ranks.

Some of our volunteers met up for a post-giveaway celebration at Central Market where we enjoyed good company and handwritten cards from local, national and international (!!!) supporters who wanted to congratulate us.  Thanks for the love, good people!


Now that the seasons are changing, we'll start collecting fall and winter gear.  Check your closets for unused cooler weather clothes and accessories for men and women, including:
  • jackets and coats
  • gloves, hats and scarves (Our Gettin' Knotty guild is going to knit some, too!)
  • long sleeve shirts
  • jeans, pants and thermal wear 
  • sleeping bags and blankets in good condition (twin size is preferable for the sake of portability)
  • socks (We prefer new socks because they wear out so easily but we'll need lots of socks over the next few months.)
We're happy to collect those items along with any other items you may have to donate. Contact us to request a pick up. If you have something but you're unsure if we can distribute it, just ask!

In the meantime, mark your calendars for our next giveaway on October 19th. October promises to be a good month for our social media pages as we spotlight some of our volunteers via our We Are ATXAHH campaign. Don't miss it! You'll find FaceBook and Twitter links on the right sidebar of this website.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beware! The End is Near!

...of our 50 States Challenge, that is.  Many states have gone unclaimed, partly because Amazon will not disclose the states in which the donors reside. We've got 18 days until the challenge officially closes. Maybe we'll be able to add a state or two between now and then.

There are only 9 days left until our next giveaway.  This month promises to be a tasty one as we celebrate ATXAHH's five year anniversary.  Our pool of volunteers includes a handful of talented bakers who are bringing homemade treats to share with those who stand in our line.  After the giveaway, volunteers and donors are welcome to join us on the Central Market cafe patio as we partake in some more tasty treats and little something else (insert intentional vagueness here). Please come indulge yourselves in good conversations and good eats!

If you're stumped on what to donate for this giveaway, we are short on travel size tissue packs, hand sanitizer, lip balm and travel size lotion bottles.  As always, we're happy to take other items as well. Just contact us and we'll arrange for pick up.

Hop on FaceBook and Twitter to enjoy the flashback posts we've shared so far this month. Next month, we'll take a more personal look at our fantastic volunteers.  Until then...keep spreading the word!  We appreciate it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrate Five Years with Us!

September marks ATXAHH's five year anniversary.  If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a part of what we do, be sure to follow our FaceBook and Twitter feeds this month. We'll feature some old giveaway footage and answer some frequently asked questions.

Our next giveaway is Sunday, September 21st*.  Just three weeks for us to fill the bins!  We have plenty of feminine hygiene products, razors and toothbrushes.  In addition to our regular needs, we're pretty low on lip balm, hand sanitizer (bottles or wipes), tissue packs and 2-ply toilet paper rolls.  Target has some good deals in their travel section, especially first aid kits and lotion. If you find another store with great deals, let us know and we'll spread the word.

We're coming into the final stretch for our 50 States Challenge. Several donations have come from the same handful of states but we haven't added any new colors to the map in a while. Spread the word to your friends and family. Let's see if we can light up the map before September 30th.

*If you want to be involved in the giveaway, please plan to show up around 8:50am. We'll start with some announcements, welcome new volunteers, set up, then open the line at 9:00am.  If you get there after 9:00am, you may feel like you're just standing around...and you probably will be. That's not because you're not needed; it's because the party already started and only so many people can work behind the line, handing out items. Often, people who arrive after 9:00am will be told "just stand here" to make sure that no one accidentally wanders behind our distribution line.  It may not feel like you're doing much but it's a huge help to the volunteers working the line to know you've got their backs, literally. Another thing volunteers can do is to walk along the giveaway line and just talk with people who are waiting their turn. You may not realize how much they appreciate simple conversation when, more often than not, people ignore them. It's a simple way to make a big difference in someone's day.