Pre-Thanksgiving Donation Drive Motivates Students to Become Givers
A Day of Service event engages more than 6,500 students from 35 Central Texas schools to gather food and coats to help others
Austin, TX – November 24, 2010 – A Legacy of Giving, a local non-profit that teaches children the value of philanthropy as part of their school curriculum, today organized the 2nd annual Day of Service for participating Austin and surrounding area K-12 students. Organized to benefit Capitol Area Food Bank and The Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids, Day of Service marks the official pinnacle of a student-led food and clothing drive that has taken place on more than 35 Austin and surrounding area A Legacy of Giving affiliated school campuses. Created by A Legacy of Giving and rolled-out to schools through a formal curriculum, Day of Service is designed to instill students with a desire to get involved and give back to their community.
All participating Central Texas schools spent several weeks collecting clothing and food items for the two local charities, with a goal this year to collect 35,000 pounds of food and 2,400 coats for distribution. During the Day of Service event, ten students and three teachers from each school unloaded food and coat collections at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for the two charitable organizations to distribute during the holiday season. Today’s event marks the largest effort to date of philanthropic giving by Austin and surrounding area school children to the community, topping last year’s event.
“Last year, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect, so it was a true blessing to see the students take the project to heart and collect so many goods for those in need,” said Linda Brucker, executive director of A Legacy of Giving. “Because of our inaugural success, this year we nearly doubled the number of participating schools to increase our ability to impart students with charitable values that we believe will last a lifetime.”
Schools from Austin ISD, Eanes ISD, Round Rock ISD, along with St. Gabriel’s Catholic
School, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Holy Family Catholic School, St. Louis Catholic School, St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, St. Austin’s Catholic School, St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School, Renaissance Academy, Austin Jewish Academy, and Austin Peace Academy participated in this year’s event. PODS also donated a container to each school to transport the collections to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for the distribution day.
“With our Coats for Kids campaign, we continue to see the numbers of those in need rise every year. I’m touched to see these students pitch in to help other children in their community, setting a valuable lesson for those young and old,” said Tria Brindley, president of The Junior League of Austin.
Founded in 2007, A Legacy of Giving empowers students to take action in their communities by offering well-planned, hands-on, philanthropy education programs and real-life projects. During the 2008-2009 school year, Legacy of Giving schools returned over $280,000 of economic value as a result of three service programs; the first addressing poverty, the second addressing environmental stewardship and a third selected by each campus.
Following the Day of Service event, both recipient charities continue to collect items for those in need. Food donations for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas can be dropped off on-site anytime except Wednesday, November 24. Monetary donations can be made online at www.austinfoodbank.org. Coats for Kids will be accepting donations through December 1. Coats can be dropped off at any Jack Brown Cleaners location around Austin. To find a location near you, please visit http://www.jackbrowncleaners.com/locations.htm. The coats will be distributed to children in need on December 11, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.
About A Legacy of Giving:
Founded in 2007 under the umbrella of the Austin Community Foundation, A Legacy of Giving advanced its mission to empower children through philanthropy education to become more engaged in improving their communities and world. A Legacy of Giving believes that if children learn to be compassionate at the earliest ages, they will continue to be engaged in their communities and offer their gifts of time, treasure, and talent as adults. A Legacy of Giving empowers students to take action in their communities by offering them well-planned, hands-on, real-life projects. The vision of A Legacy of Giving is to grow a generation of givers.
About Capital Area Food Bank of Texas:
The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. In its 28th year of service, the Food Bank currently provides food and grocery products to 355 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In 2008, CAFB distributed more than 17 million pounds of food. For more information on the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and its programs, visit www.austinfoodbank.org or call 512/282-2111.
About The Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids:
Coats for Kids is an annual community project that collects and distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas. Each year, The Junior League of Austin, Jack Brown Cleaners, KASE 101, and KVUE partner to bring the community together to ensure that the children of Central Texas stay warm. For more information about The Junior League of Austin, call 512-467-8982, ext. 248 or visit www.jlaustin.org.