2018 New Toy and Book DrivePosted by Whole Earth | 11.14.2018
New Toy and Kids’ Book Drive 2018
For the past seven 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 are 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 off Whole Earth in-store coupon. All Whole Earth stores will accept donations beginning November 16th and running through December 16th. 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 – the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center; in Houston – Star of Hope Mission; in San Antonio – The Children’s Shelter; and in Southlake – GRACE, the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.
You may make as many contributions as you’d like, and receive a $5 off Whole Earth in-store coupon for each one worth $10, but the in-store coupons cannot be combined. They must be redeemed in separate transactions at a Whole Earth brick and mortar store.
Thank you for helping to brighten the holidays for a child.
Please read on to learn more about the organizations in each city who will receive your contributions.
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 in computer skills and financial literacy. Their goal is to promote dignity and self-reliance among those less fortunate.
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.
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 Shelter provides emergency shelter and therapeutic, residential treatment for children in crisis. Their Family Strengthening programs teach nurturing parenting skills to vulnerable families and help them to overcome crises, while the Children’s Shelter’s mental health clinic provides trauma-sensitive therapeutic interventions for children who have suffered maltreatment.
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.