Central Texas Students Donate Thousands of Coats and Cans at Holiday Philanthropy Event

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Central Texas Students Donate Thousands of Coats and Cans at Holiday Philanthropy Event

  Students participating in ‘Day of Service’ event donate more than 45,000 pounds of food and 3,192 coats to Central Texas charities 

Austin, TX December 6, 2011 – A Legacy of Giving, a local nonprofit that teaches children the value of philanthropy as part of their school curriculum, today announced the results of this year’s third annual Day of Service food and clothing donation drive. Students from 33 A Legacy of Giving affiliated schools from the Austin area raised more than 45,000 pounds of food and 3,192 coats for Central Texas charities, returning an economic value of over $188,000 back to the Austin community.

The participating Central Texas elementary, middle and high schools spent several weeks collecting clothing and food items to benefit two local charities, the Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids campaign and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Following the event, the Capital Area Food Bank announced the total donation result of 45,010 pounds of food, which equates to 44,110 meals for Central Texas families.

“With the number of people needing our help these days, it’s always a challenge to keep our shelves full of food,” said Hank Perret, president and CEO of Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. “Thanks in large part to these children, we were able to keep our shelves stocked for the holiday weekend.”

The Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids committee also announced a total donation of 3,192 coats from this year’s Legacy affiliated drive. According to Amber Brabham, Coats for Kids chairman, 3,192 coats could provide one coat for every child in Del Valle plus some.

“It was amazing to see so many children with various religious and economic backgrounds from all corners of Austin come together for this year’s event,” said Linda Brucker, executive director of A Legacy of Giving. “It goes to show that giving has no boundaries, and we’re hoping this year’s success will help our program reach even more schools in the coming school year.”

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. Monetary donations for the Capital Area Food Bank or Coats for Kids can be made online at www.austinfoodbank.org or www.jlaustin.org. The coats will be distributed to children in need on December 10, 2011 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 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.  www.alegacyofgiving.org

About Capital Area Food Bank of Texas:

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Since 1981, CAFB in collaboration with more than 300 partner agencies has been helping Central Texans in need by providing healthy food, nutritional program assistance and education, so they can make better choices at mealtime. Over the last 12 months, CAFB distributed 24 million pounds of food and grocery products and served 300,000 Central Texans in its 21 county service territory. 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:

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.  Now in its 25th year, Coats for Kids is an annual community project that collects and distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas.  Last year, approximately 35,000 coats were donated and distributed to children in Central Texas to stay warm. For more information about The Junior League of Austin, call 512.467.8982, ext. 248 or visit www.jlaustin.org.

PODS:

Established in 1998, PODS provides Portable On Demand Storage® products and services and has recently evolved to also provide Portable On Demand Moving™ products and services. PODS, a proud corporate partner of A Legacy’ of Giving’s Day of Caring, is making moving and storage more convenient and less stressful.  For more information on PODS call Vince Yungwirth at 512.748.4323 or visit www.pods.com.