2W Recap: Genesis Gardens and Brown Santa Volunteering

A few things before we begin:

  • Our last volunteering event of the semester (and 2013) was Saturday (11/23)
  • Our last meeting was Monday (11/25)
  • Join our mailing list to be notified of our events next semester!

On 11/16, several students visited Genesis Gardens, a subset of Mobile Loaves & Fishes that hopes to cultivate an empowered community of the neighborly and the homeless. As an organization, we volunteer to come and help them develop their envisioned community, which has recently been featured in local news (discussed in a future post). Unfortunately,  no photos of this event are available. Please look at older events to see some earlier-in-the-semester pictures of our volunteers working hard!

On 11/23, a handful of us helped out the Travis County Sheriff’s Office with their Brown Santa program.

This event was hosted in a warehouse, and the many toys and books and stuffed animals and wrapping paper made it seem like Santa’s Workshop.  Groups of 2-3 were given a family who applied for the program and who listed children under 14 in the household. We went through each name and chose and wrapped for each child at least four gifts! Some family boxes were filled to the brim with gifts! Best of all, each box included a gift that the whole family could enjoy together.

Every year, the Sheriff’s Office hosts this project starting in November, and though they have closed wrapping volunteering sign-ups, they are now loading delivery trucks and sending out the gifts.

Visit their site here to find out more and put it on your calendar for next year!

Unfortunately, this was our last event of the semester (and the 2013 year). To those of us graduating, congratulations. To those of us who are taking finals, good luck! To those of us who want to volunteer some more, join our mailing list! Visit our facebook page! Join our facebook group! We’ll start right back up next semester!


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