Archive for November, 2016

New Toy and Kids Book Drive 2016

New Toy and Kids Book Drive 2015

November 19th – December 18th

For the past four years, Whole Earth Provision Co. has 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, San Antonio and Southlake with presents to brighten their day. The charitable organizations who distributed the gifts were very grateful for the donations.

And so, once again we are asking for your help to make this year’s Drive a 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 19th and running through December 18th. Our beneficiaries ask that you please not wrap the gifts.

Manos de Cristo’s Christmas Party in 2014

Manos de Cristo’s Christmas Party in 2014

The toys and books will be distributed by these organizations: in Austin – Manos de Cristo; in Dallas – the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center; 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. They 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.

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center logoIn Dallas: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
When a child is in need of protection from abuse, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) springs into action. DCAC coordinates the work of the police, Child Protective Services, medical, mental health, and prosecutorial agencies in the Dallas area, sparing the child from multiple, unnecessary and traumatic interviews so that healing can begin as soon as possible.

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.

The Children's Bereavement Center of South TexasIn 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.

Dansko Days for the Texas Land Conservancy November 4th – 13th!

Dansko Days for the Texas Land Conservancy November 4th – 13th!

Dansko, through their Texas area rep, has become a generous supporter of one of our favorite conservation groups, the Texas Land Conservancy. For each pair of full price Dansko shoes sold at Whole Earth Provision Co. during Dansko Days, from November 4th through November 13th, our Dansko rep will donate $5 to the Texas Land Conservancy! Dansko Shoes are loved by folks who spend many hours of the day on their feet: teachers, nurses, sales clerks, chefs and their kitchen staff. Dansko shoes are comfortable and they have style. We hope you’ll stop by your favorite Whole Earth and take a look at our Dansko shoes. You’ll find so much more than a basic clog. You may find your new favorite pair of shoes, and you’ll be supporting the Texas Land Conservancy with your purchase.

The Texas Land Conservancy was founded in 1982 by Ned Fritz, known as the father of Texas conservation. Responding to the encroachment of development on natural areas in Texas, Fritz decided that there was a need for a land trust that would take on the preservation of small but important properties that were not large enough to be saved by other organizations. Using conservation easements the Texas Land Conservancy has preserved the physical and ecological integrity of wildlife habitat, native plant communities and scenic landscapes across the state for the benefit of present and future generations of Texans.

Fall Off Creek rests at the border of the Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairies ecoregions, near Fort Hood.

Fall Off Creek rests at the border of the Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairies ecoregions, near Fort Hood.

Most of the property protected by the Texas Land Conservancy is not open to the public. Conservation easements limit development and provide for restoration and land management, but the land still remains in private hands. However, there are nine sites open to the public. Two are in major Texas cities: Oak Cliff Nature Preserve in Dallas and Cibolo Creek Preserve in San Antonio. Throughout the year, some of the other protected properties are open to the public. You can learn about these special days by signing for the group’s emails or social media posts on their website. The Texas Land Conservancy also has a great Instagram feed that celebrates Texas landscapes and wildlife.

So run, run, run to your favorite Whole Earth store, try on some Dansko shoes, and support The Texas Land Conservancy.

Roadrunner wearing Dansko Professionals