Pre-Thanksgiving Donation Drive Motivates Students to Become Givers


Day of Service event engages more than 23,608 students from 36 Central Texas schools to gather food and coats that will help those in need

Austin, Texas November 14, 2012A Legacy of Giving, a local nonprofit that teaches children the value of philanthropy as part of their school curriculum, will hold its fourth annual Day of Service event for participating Austin area K through 12 students on Nov. 20, 2012 to kick-off the holiday with an act of giving. Organized by a Legacy of Giving to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and Coats for Kids, the Day of Service is the official culmination of a student-led food and clothing drive currently taking place on 36 Austin area school campuses.

“It’s so important our students learn at a young age the value of philanthropy and that every child has gifts to share,” said Linda Brucker, executive director of A Legacy of Giving. “The Day of Service event is an exciting time for the children to celebrate their achievements and see how their efforts have helped the community.”

All participating Central Texas schools spend several weeks collecting clothing and food items with an overall goal to donate more than 45,000 pounds of food and 3,000 coats this year bringing an economic value of $350,000 back to the community. During the Day of Service event, ten students and three teachers from each Legacy school will celebrate their school’s achievements and unload the food and coats at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20 at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for the food bank and Coats for Kids to distribute during the holiday season. PODS has donated a container to each school for transporting the collections to the Day of Service location.

The 2012 Day of Service marks the largest effort to date of philanthropic community giving by Austin and surrounding area schools. To celebrate and support participating students, the Austin Toros NBA minor league basketball team will be in attendance, as will representatives from Cook Walden Funeral Homes & Cemeteries. This year, three Cook-Walden locations have volunteered to sponsor A Legacy of Giving efforts. They will match the canned food donations of local Title One schools: Renaissance Academy, Paredes Middle School, and Lyndon B. Johnson High School.

“Last year, students with the Legacy program collected more than 3,000 coats and 45,000 pounds of food for the community,” said Dawn Breyfogle, Coats for Kids Chair at the Junior League of Austin. “It’s great to see children at a young age being taught the importance of giving and helping those in need.”

Founded in 2007, A Legacy of Giving empowers students to take action in their communities by offering hands-on philanthropy education programs and real-life projects. Through A Legacy of Giving, students from every background learn what a community is, what a philanthropist is, how to research a social concern, how to advocate for others, how to run a service project, and how to analyze and reflect upon the results. This year, the Day of Service celebrates the combined efforts of students from both Austin Independent School District and Catholic and Muslim faith-based schools.

Following the Day of Service event, the recipient charities will continue to collect items for those in need. Food donations for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas can be dropped off on-site anytime except on Wednesday, November 20. Monetary donations can be made online at Coats for Kids will be accepting donations of warm winter coats through December 5, 2012.

About A Legacy of Giving:

Founded in 2007 under the umbrella of the Austin Community Foundation, A Legacy of Giving advanced its mission to empower children through philanthropy education to become more engaged in improving their communities and world.  A Legacy of Giving believes if children learn to be compassionate at the earliest ages, they will continue to be engaged in their communities and offer their gifts of time, treasure, and talent as adults.  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. 

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 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 35,000 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


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