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Take the Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge – Starts December 1st!

One of our Christmas traditions is the advent calendar. Our kids LOVE to open one little surprise every day in December.

This year, we're going to do something a little different (although we're still doing the usual advent calendar) and we challenge you to do the exact same: A Reverse Advent Calendar. What do you need to do? Read on.

By Birgit Sund on November 26, 2018

Calling All Austin Knitters and Crocheters - Join the Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign in Austin

Congenital Heart Defects are the number one kind of birth defect.

 
You may have heard about Late Night host Jimmy Kimmel sharing his family’s story: his newborn son Billy was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect that required immediate open heart surgery. 

Congenital Heart Defects or Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) are fairly common. About 8 out of every 1,000 newborns – that’s about 40,000 babies every year in the United States – are born with a Congenital Heart Defect. Here's how you can help make a difference.

Here's how you can honor babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way.
By Birgit Sund on November 5, 2018

What To Do With Too Much Halloween Candy



Too much candy? Here’s what you can do.
By Birgit Sund on November 1, 2018

Every Child Deserves A Happy Halloween – Free Costumes For Children Of Low-Income Families


Celebrating Halloween should not be a kid’s “privilege”, it should be a kid’s “right”.

Let’s face it: Halloween costumes aren’t cheap. While some costumes can be easily created with items many households have at home, most costumes come with a - for some families hefty - price tag.

Do you have Halloween costumes your child has outgrown of and that you'd like to donate? Or are you struggling to “pay the price of Halloween”? Read on to learn how Costume Connections (and you) can help.
By Birgit Sund on October 19, 2018

Austin Hope Squad Helps Individuals To Start A New Life


Do you remember when you moved into your first home and all the things that you needed in order to start a new life on your own? It's a big step and it isn't always easy, especially for youth and young families with little money and resources.

Today, we'd like to introduce you to a new nonprofit that aims to provide those individuals with as much assistance as possible.
By Birgit Sund on July 6, 2018

Back-To-School and School Supply Drives In And Around Austin



The average costs for school supplies every year is $35 which creates an extra burden for already challenged families as well as for teachers, who often spend their own money buying missing supplies for their classrooms and students.

In order to ease the burden of both families and teachers, school districts that are continuously facing tighter budgets, are trying to outsource the financial obligation by requesting that parents help provide  these supplies. 

Here is a list of Back-to-School Programs and School-Supply Drives in and around Austin.
By Birgit Sund on July 2, 2018

Free Summer Camps In and Around Austin

Summer is coming...soon...well, in a few months. But, it's never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Especially when registration for some summer camps are already open and when they're free.

Free camps? Yes, there is such a thing as free camps. We've done quite some research to find camps in and around Austin (up to a 2.5 hr radius) that are not a financial burden to families, especially families that already have enough to worry about.

By Birgit Sund on March 6, 2018

Austin Bakes for Puerto Rico, Mexico, Virgin Islands, and California

If you have a sweet tooth or two, or if you love to bake, or both, Austin Bakes needs you!

Austin Bakes is a group of bloggers, foodies, and local businesses, who are raising money for relief efforts and humanitarian aid following disasters both local and worldwide. 

This Saturday, November 4th, 10am-2pm, Austin Bakes is hosting a citywide bake sale to provide funds to aid disaster relief for those affected by hurricanes and earthquakes in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Virgin Islands, and the wildfires in California. Read on for details.

By Birgit Sund on November 2, 2017

2017 Back-To-School and School Supply Drives In And Around Austin


The average costs for school supplies every year is $35 which creates an extra burden for already challenged families as well as for teachers, who often spend their own money buying missing supplies for their classrooms and students.

In order to ease the burden of both families and teachers, school districts that are continuously facing tighter budgets, are trying to outsource the financial obligation by requesting that parents help provide  these supplies.

Here is a list of Back-to-School Programs and School-Supply Drives in and around Austin.
By Birgit Sund on July 7, 2017

Beyond the Grade – Keeping Music Alive in Austin Schools



Did you know that living in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ is not just an awesome treat for grown-ups but also for kids of every age, every background, and every ability? In addition to many music events and kids concerts throughout the year, Austin has a plethora of businesses and organizations that allow and help children to enjoy their natural birthright as musical beings.

Beyond the Grade, one of Austin’s many nonprofit organizations serving children in the 512, made it its goal to “Keeping Music Alive in Austin Schools” and to provide music educational opportunities to students beyond the traditional classes offered in schools. Read more about Beyond the Grade programs.
By Birgit Sund on February 27, 2017