Whole Earth is beginning a new initiative for 2012: we will collect new toys and new children’s books in all our stores.
We hope to help make this a much happier holiday season by collecting these as gifts for children who are in need.
As the name implies, our New Toy & Kid’s Book Drive is an effort to amass as many fun gift items for children of any age as possible. The agencies listed below will be our partners in getting these gifts into the hands of children around the state, particularly in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, who need them most and are unlikely to be able to afford them.
For each brand new toy or book, with the original wrapper and tags intact, of a $10 value or more (or very close to it), we will present the donor with a $5 gift certificate good towards anything we sell. Please donate these new toys and books for the kiddos at any of the eight Whole Earth stores around Texas.
Please drop these items off before Monday, December 17th because that is the date we will be transporting them to the great charity organizations listed here. These items must not be in wrapping paper please.
Note that you can make as many donations as you’d care to – and receive a $5 gift certificate for each one worth $10, but the gift certificates cannot be combined, but must be redeemed on separate transactions.
Please contribute today for the good of those less fortunate. Thank you!
In Austin: Manos de Cristo
Since 1988 Manos de Cristo has been providing services for the homeless and working poor of Austin. Manos provides basic needs like food and clothing, but they also operate a dental clinic and conduct classes for the poor in computer skills and financial literacy. Their goal is to promote dignity and self-reliance among those less fortunate.
In Dallas: Community Partners of Dallas
Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing support to the Dallas County Child Protective services agency. In 2011 they fulfilled this mission by serving more than 16,000 children in the Dallas metro area – and they have performed this exceptionally for more than two decades.
In Houston: Star of Hope Mission
For more than a century, the Star of Hope Mission has ministered to the greater Houston area, meeting the needs of nearly 1000 men, women and their children nightly. Star of Hope focuses on employment, life management, education, spiritual growth, and recovery from substance abuse. Whole Earth has partnered with them for the past several years.
In San Antonio: The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
As the sole provider in South Texas of grief support programs for children (through young adulthood), The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas (CBCST) devotes its energies to addressing the grief and loss needs of children from every culture and social circumstance to help them heal and move forward. They foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education and outreach.