Austin Area Students Bring Philanthropy Learning to Life

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Students participating in A Legacy of Giving “Day of Service” event donate more than 46,000 pounds of food and 3,600 coats to Central Texas charities

Austin, Texas November 28, 2012 – A Legacy of Giving, a local nonprofit that partners with schools to teach children the value of philanthropy as part of the school curriculum,  announced the results of this year’s fourth annual Day of Service food and coat donation drive. Students from 33 area schools raised more than 46,000 pounds of food and 3,600 coats for Central Texas charities.

The participating Central Texas elementary, middle and high schools spent several weeks collecting coats and food items to benefit two local charities, the Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids campaign and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Following the event, the Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids committee announced a total donation of 3,600 coats from this year’s Legacy affiliated drive. According to Dawn Breyfogle, Coats for Kids chairman, 3,600 coats could provide one coat for every child in Del Valle plus some.

“The best part is being here and helping others – having fun doing good with friends,” said a fifth grader from Ortega Elementary at Day of Service. “Philanthropy is giving your time and talent to help others. Kids can make a lot of difference.”

The Capital Area Food Bank also announced a total donation of over 46,000 pounds of food resulted from this year’s Legacy Day of Service. The donation is the equivalent of 36,800 meals for Central Texas families.

“The result of the students’ collaboration generated a tremendous amount of food and coats being donated this year,” said Linda Brucker, Executive Director of A Legacy of Giving. “A Day of Service has helped students understand how social issues like poverty and hunger affect real people in their community. A Day of Service is more than celebrating the impressive amount of food and coat donations collected by our students, it is an opportunity for them to secure their understanding of how anyone can be a philanthropist and the impact of their collective efforts”

In addition to receiving donations at the Day of Service event, both recipient charities actively collect items year-round for families and individuals in need. Food donations for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas can be dropped off on-site anytime. Monetary donations for the Capital Area Food Bank or Coats for Kids can be made online at www.austinfoodbank.org or www.jlaustin.org. The coats will be distributed to children in need on December 8, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.

Quotable Quotes from Austin Area Students:

Grade 5, Ortega Elementary School

I really like to help people. Me and my litter sister, I gave her one of my cans so she can put it in the Drive. I remembered how many children go to bed hungry, so I decided to bring two cans of peaches. There was a girl from A Legacy of Giving who came to our school and talked about how e can make a difference with hunger and house insecurity. I thought it was a little sad, because I didn’t know how many adults and kids suffer really bad. I know it’s a big problem. I feel grateful I’m here because I think kids can make a bigger difference than adults. Kids feel they’re capable of doing bigger things.

Perez Elementary, 5th Grade

I’m here today because I’m a philanthropist.  The best part is that we get to help hungry people.  I learned that to be a philanthropist doesn’t take much because you get to help people.  I feel good because we are helping others.  Kids can make 100% difference, because if there are a lot of kids, they can do a lot of good.

 

About A Legacy of Giving:

Founded in 2007 under the umbrella of the Austin Community Foundation, A Legacy of Giving believes that if children learn to be compassionate at a young age, they will continue to be engaged in their communities and offer their gifts of time, treasure, and talent as adults.  Through philanthropy education, A Legacy of Giving empowers students to take action in their communities by offering them well-planned, hands-on, real-life projects.  The vision of A Legacy of Giving is to grow a generation of givers.  www.alegacyofgiving.org 

About Capital Area Food Bank of Texas:

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Since 1981, CAFB in collaboration with more than 300 partner agencies has been helping Central Texans in need by providing healthy food, nutritional program assistance and education, so they can make better choices at mealtime. Over the last 12 months, CAFB distributed 24 million pounds of food and grocery products and served 300,000 Central Texans in its 21-county service territory. For more information on the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and its programs, visit www.austinfoodbank.org or call 512/282-2111.

About The Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids:

Each year, The Junior League of Austin, Jack Brown Cleaners, KASE 101, and KVUE partner to bring the community together to ensure that the children of Central Texas stay warm.  Now in its 25th year, Coats for Kids is an annual community project that collects and distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas.  Last year, approximately 33,500 coats were donated and distributed to children in Central Texas to stay warm. For more information about The Junior League of Austin, call 512-467-8982, ext. 248 or visit www.jlaustin.org.

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