Giving Thanks for November

It's the time of year where we reflect on the good fortune that has been bestowed upon us. As we prepare for a visit with our families, as we make lists for the grocery store and design our table centerpieces, remember this is a season of thanks, and of giving. On Thursday we will all gather around the table to give thanks for the harvest's bounty.

We at Leap of Joy would also like to give thanks: to all of the kind people who help us: our employees, our volunteers, and our donors.

Without each and every one of you, we would not be able to help and inspire those less fortunate in our community.

So, from each and every one of us at Leap of Joy....

Caps & Mittens is Happening Right Now!

Every year, Leap of Joy bands together to raise funds for our Caps & Mittens campaign. We aim to give caps, mittens, scarves, socks and toys to the children we teach in the schools.

Most of us take for granted our hats and mittens, the scarf for every outfit, the overflowing drawer of warm socks. But a lot of our students we teach in school can't take it for granted, because their parents are unable to afford these life necessities.

These children are real and live in the Austin community. Helping them get through the winter with warm clothes means their parents have one less burden to bear. Being warm and provided for helps them do better in school, helps them to build skills and helps them succeed in life.

In years past our kiddos have really loved receiving these gift bags. Even a small donation can help us to brighten these wonderful children's day. Please consider donating to our cause!

Click Here to view our fundraising page.
Some of the recipients from our campaign last year!
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

We've already had a few AMAZING AND AWESOME rock stars help us to reach our goal! We'd like to thank each and every one of them for their selflessness:
Barbara Brown
Mysti Pride
Kelley Lynch
Roxanne and Gage
Mark Kobdish
Annie Harding
Joan Lazarus
Robert Richardson
Madeline Bond
Marguarette Pousson
Maria Lumbreras
Michele Zurovec
And all our anonymous donors!

If you haven't yet donated to our campaign, you still have time! Click on the link below to go to our fundraising page. Who knows, you may end up in our December newsletter! 
Donate Here

Giving Tuesday is Coming Soon!

Hit those deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday...then give back to the community on Tuesday! What could be better?

On Tuesday, December 3, please consider joining in the #GivingTuesdy goodwill by donating to Leap of Joy's Caps & Mittens Campaign! We are trying hard to get caps, mittens, scarves, socks, and toys to all of our students this season!
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Director's Note

There has been a hurricane of activity since school began what with taking on new schools and adding teachers and classes, but we are settled now. We were also at  ACL’s Austin Kiddie Limits for two three-day weekends . It was so much fun making jingle music shakers with all the kids.

Some of our classes will be ending the first week of December, so we want to get the gift packages to all the kids before they leave. Many will be having their school’s Christmas shows, so we’ll get pictures and videos for that. It’s so exciting for me to go by the schools and watch the kids' performances. They have some great teachers that have worked with them. I’m so proud of our teachers and what they do for the kids we serve.

The kids we work with don’t have the niceties of life let alone the necessities in some instances. Some don’t even get presents during the holidays because their parents would give them everything if they could, but don’t have the money. That’s why we want to start with the bare basics in helping their kids keep warm against the oncoming cold. It’s not much, but they love opening up these gift bags.

Please donate if you can.  $10 will provide for one child: a cap, mittens, scarf, socks, small toy and a candy cane.

Lots of fun coming up. Of course, there is our kids’ holiday event at the High Road on Friday, Dec. 20. We are hoping to be starting up our Saturday classes by January, so stay tuned.

Please share the love.  Let’s make the world a better place by showing that we care. Happy Thanksgiving.

Giving More Thanks

A big thank you goes out to all of our wonderful volunteers that helped make our time at ACL a success! We had a great time both weekends and hope we might get to do it again next year!

A HUGE thank you goes out to board members Deanie Hammers, Madeleine Bond, Michele Zurovec, and staff and teachers Nina Shaw, Jess Barclay, Clay Moore and Jacki Moffa for pitching in to make it a success!

Missed us at the Festical? Check out our recap on the

Helping the Community

On Saturday, November 9th, our tireless and talented teacher Nina Shaw and her fantastic kiddos from Brooke Elementary made a guest appearance at the Eastside Community Harvest Festival! These little ladies performed a great dance on stage for everyone!

Next on Our Calendar...

School's out, but you have one more day at the office? Need some peace and quiet to finish up your shopping? Leap of Joy's hosting a Kid's Day Out on Friday, December 20th! Drop your kiddo off for an hour or stay the whole day!

Coming soon!

We're pleased to announce that Live Grow Play Austin will be doing a post on Leap of Joy coming up soon! We're so psyched for this!

Live Grow Play Austin is a family guide to all things kids in and around Austin, TX. Parents and caregivers can find local kid- and family-friendly businesses in their Kids Directory, read about Austin- and kids-related things on their blog, search for camps in their camp guide, use their message boards, and find events in their events calendar.

Check out their website, and keep an eye out for your favorite nonprofit, Leap of Joy!
Mark your calendars! Leap of Joy will be holding a three-month-long fundraiser at Home Slice in 2020! Starting January 1st, they'll be donating a percentage of purchases toward our cause!

Join us each moth with a different theme and help us raise money to help less-fortunate children in the new year!
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