Archive for November, 2013

2013 Holiday Toy and Book Drive

New Toy and New Book Drive

Last year, Whole Earth Provision Co. collected new toys and books for children who, through no fault of their own, might not have received gifts for the holidays. Your generosity provided children in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio with presents to brighten up their day and year. The charitable organizations who distributed the gifts declared the New Toy and Kids Book Drive a success.

And so, we are back again asking for your help to make this year’s Drive an even greater success. Here’s how it works: for each new toy or new kid’s book, in its original packaging with a value of $10 or more (or very close to it), you will receive a $5 Whole Earth gift certificate. All Whole Earth stores will accept donations beginning November 15th and running through December 15th. Our beneficiaries ask that you please not wrap the gifts.

The toys and books will be distributed by these organizations: in Austin – Manos de Cristo; in Dallas – Community Partners of Dallas; in Houston – Star of Hope Mission; in San Antonio – The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas; and in Southlake – GRACE, the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.

You may make as many contributions as you’d like, and receive a $5 gift certificate for each one worth $10, but the gift certificates cannot be combined, and must be redeemed on separate transactions.

Thank you for helping to brighten the holidays for a disadvantaged child.

Please read on to learn more about the organizations in each city who will receive your contributions.

Manos-de-Cristo-logoIn 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.

Community-Partners-of-Dallas-LogoIn 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 2012 they served more than 20,000 children in the Dallas metro area. They were recently named Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year.

Star of Hope LogoIn 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.

Childrens-Bevearement-Center-of-South-Texas-LogoIn 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.

GRACE LogoIn Southlake: Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange
Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with limited income or a recent emergency. Their Christmas Cottage creates a wonderland setting for GRACE’s clients to choose, with dignity and pride, holiday gifts for their children. More than 1600 children have been helped each year.

Toy and Book Drive

Try-On a Pair of Clarks Shoes & Win!

Clarks Try-On Event

Come experience ultimate comfort and walk away a winner! Stop by a participating Whole Earth Provision Co. store and try on a pair of Clarks shoes for your chance to win some great prizes. Reps will be on hand to show off our new Clarks footwear selection and give pointers for choosing the right shoe for you. So come in, try on some shoes, and walk away a winner with some cool swag from Clarks.

Below are event dates and times at select stores. Each city has event days planned, so everyone can have a chance to win, no matter which city you call home.

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North Lamar Store
Thursday, Nov. 14th, from Noon to 6:00pm

Westgate Store
Friday, Nov. 15th, from Noon to 6:00pm

Preston Forest Store
Friday, Nov. 15th, from Noon to 6:00pm

Mockingbird Store
Saturday, Nov. 16th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Post Oak Store
Friday, Nov. 15th, from Noon to 6:00pm

Shepherd Store
Saturday, Nov. 16th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm

San Antonio Store
Saturday, Nov. 16th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Southlake Store
Thursday, Nov. 14th, from Noon to 6:00pm

Patagonia Advocate Weeks Check Presentation

Patagonia Advocate Weeks Check Presentation

Danielle Ormon, Marketing and Development Manager for Audubon Texas, receives a check from Bert Peeples, Whole Earth’s Community Outreach Coordinator, raised during Patagonia Advocate Weeks in May.

Whole Earth Provision Co. sends out a great big ‘Thank you’ to all our customers who supported Patagonia Advocate Weeks back in May. Thanks to you Audubon Texas received a check for $1530. Patagonia is a participant in 1% for the Planet. Every year they donate 1% of their profits for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Your Patagonia purchases during Advocate Weeks have helped to direct some of these funds to Audubon Texas.

Audubon Texas is the state program of the National Audubon Society. In Texas, if you are diligent you might see 623 species of birds in the course of a year, more than any other state. Since 1923, Audubon Texas has protected birds and their habitats with stewardship and conservation education programs at their centers in Dallas, Cedar Hill and San Antonio and at sanctuaries in Brownsville, along 600 miles of the Texas coast and across the state.

Thanks to Patagonia for creating this event, and an even bigger thank you to all of you for making it such a success.

TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway at N. Lamar

TreeFolks Sapling Giveaway

TreeFolks, a group dedicated to growing Austin’s urban forests, will be giving away saplings at Whole Earth Provision Co.’s store at 1014 North Lamar on Saturday, November 9th from noon to 2 pm. This year, Treefolks will be offering Texas Redbud and Arizona Cypress saplings for planting. Approximately 200 saplings will be given away while supplies last. You can also enter a drawing to win a six foot, container-grown Mexican White Oak!

Texas Red Bud - Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Texas Red Bud - Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Across the country Arbor Day is usually a Springtime event, but here in Central Texas Fall is the best time of year to plant trees. Cooler weather gives trees a chance to develop their root systems before being blasted by the summer heat. You may ask, why plant trees when we seem to be living in a time of perpetual drought? First of all, these trees are natives and have been chosen for their drought and heat tolerance. They will need to be watered – about one and a half gallons a week – but this amount can be easily captured from your morning shower or veggie washing water. Secondly, when it does rain, these trees provide a net gain for the water cycle, helping to recharge ground water and to slow and clean runoff.

Arizona Cypress - J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Arizona Cypress - J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Trees are vital in reducing the urban heat island effect. On a hot summer day, streets, roofs and parking lots can be 50 to 90 degrees hotter than the air, while shaded surfaces remain close to air temperature. All these super-heated streets and parking lots can increase average temperatures within the city by as much as five degrees Fahrenheit. Strategically planting trees to shade streets, sidewalks and roofs is one of the best ways to help keep our city cooler.

Since 1989, Treefolks volunteers have planted more than 250,000 trees in the Austin schools, parks, medians, right of ways, community gardens and greenbelts. These trees help preserve Austin’s quality of life by cooling the air, cleaning precious water and providing an urban forest that keeps Austin green and in touch with the natural world. To learn more about TreeFolks, their volunteer programs, classes and sapling giveaways visit their website.

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