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Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball Benefitting Children Living in Food Insecurity

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

 

Ready for a magical night of music, food, and surprises? Join Backpack Friends on Tuesday, February 13 for their Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball! 

Enjoy a delicious Cajun dinner, live music, a raffle with exquisite prizes, a silent auction, and more.

With 100% of proceeds benefit children living in food insecurity in Central Texas.
By Birgit Sund on February 6, 2024

Jingle Bell Jamboree Toy Drive & Holiday Extravaganza for Austin Single Moms and Kids

Jingle Bell Jamboree Toy Drive
Would you like to volunteer your time or support other families in the Austin area this season? The Women of Austin Foundation is hosting their Jingle Bell Jamboree Toy Drive & Holiday Extravaganza on December 10th from 10am-2pm at Zilker Lodge. The event is a day full of Christmas magic, joy, and gifts for 100 single moms and their children living in the Austin area. They will enjoy pictures with Santa, cookies, crafts, a toy drive, and more fun all provided by community sponsors. Read on to learn how you can help.
By Birgit Sund on November 14, 2023

Backpack Friends' Heroes Against Hunger Holiday Extravaganza in Round Rock



This Friday, November 10 | 5-9 PM – Holiday Extravaganza by Backpack Friends in Historic Downtown Round Rock!

Bring the entire family to Holiday Extravaganza by Backpack Friends in Historic Downtown Round Rock for shopping, food trucks, kids activities, face painting and balloon art, life-size snow globe, kiddie train, Santa photo opp in Santa’s Sleigh, live music, and so much more!
By Birgit Sund on October 26, 2023

14th Annual CASA Superhero Run

2023 CASA Superhero Run
A longtime CASA tradition, the 14th annual Superhero Run will be held at Circuit of the Americas on September 17th with a Kids' Fun Run, 5k, and festival that brings out the superhero in all of us. Your support will help CASA be able to continue providing powerful advocacy for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Take a step for good! Join CASA for the 2023 CASA Superhero Run and help them raise $220,000 to support advocacy for children in foster care!
By Birgit Sund on September 8, 2023

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 13, 2022

How and Where to Recycle Used Car Seats in Austin

STOP! Before you throw out that car seat, please read the below. 

If your child has just outgrown his or her car seat or if you have a car seat collecting dust in your garage or attic, consider the following options before filling our already jam-packed landfills.

1. Reuse - only an option if the car seat is not damaged and has not expired.
2. Sell, trade, or give away - only an option if the car seat is not damaged and has not expired.
3. Recycle - an option if the car seat is damaged or has expired.

Before we show you ways to recycle your car seat, here are some car seat guidelines. Read on.

By Birgit Sund on April 11, 2022

Austin Businesses Helping Ukraine's Children - Get a Free Shout-out on Live Grow Play Austin for Your Donation

Austin Businesses Helping Ukraine Children
We're calling all our current, past, and future local business partners to support our fundraiser and help ensure that Ukraine's children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection.

Every donation of $40 or more will get you a free shout-out on our Facebook page.

Of course, individual donors are welcome as well.

Once you've made your donation, send us an email at hello@livegrowplayaustin.com with your business information, current events or specials, or anything else you'd like our readers to know about.

Thank you.
By Birgit Sund on March 8, 2022

Free Summer Camps In and Around Austin

It's never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Especially when registration for some summer camps are already open or closing soon or 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 February 9, 2022

Amplify Austin Day Celebrates the Power of Giving Across our Community

Amplify Austin Day


Amplify Austin Day (March 2-3) is a Central Texas tradition. Since 2013, I Live Here I Give Here has been organizing this annual giving event. Amplify Austin Day has raised over $82 million for hundreds of local nonprofits across our 7-county region thanks to the power of collective giving. 

Through the platform AmplifyATX.org, people can discover new local nonprofits to support. With over 700 participating nonpofits, we know it’s not always easy to decide where to give. Luckily, AmplifyATX.org makes finding organizations simple! Each nonprofit is organized by a “cause category.” You can search different causes from animal care and the environment to education and children. Once you select the causes that mean most to your family, you’ll be given a list of matching nonprofits. 

By Birgit Sund on February 1, 2022

Stop! Don't Throw Out Those Crayons! How To Recycle Used Crayons And Help Schools In Need

Crayon Collection

The non-profit Crayon Collection is giving us another meaning to the back-to-school shopping season. By providing a resource for teachers, students, and communities to collect, contribute, or receive gently used crayons from restaurants and schools, Crayon Collection puts them into the hands of vulnerable children from low socio-economic backgrounds and at-risk environments across the world.

Read how you can help make a difference.
By Birgit Sund on August 23, 2021