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Support Caps & Mittens During #GivingTuesday!

We're pleased to announce that this year, Caps & Mittens is participating in #GivingTuesday! In honor of #GivingTuesday, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations a total of up to $7 million to U.S. nonprofits on Facebook. Check out the awesome matching details! This is a huge deal! Interested in helping out? There are two easy ways to participate. You can create a Facebook fundraiser and share it with your friends on #GivingTuesday. Creating a fundraiser is easy and we welcome fundraisers with any goal amount. Start a Fundraiser: .

Alternatively, you can donate directly to our Caps & Mittens campaign by clicking the link below. Every dollar counts!
What is Caps & Mittens for Kids?

Leap of Joy works within the Austin community to bring dance and theater to at-risk kids around town. Many of these children don't have access to basic necessities like hats for the upcoming winter. Our goal is to raise enough money to give more than 150 children within the community packages filled with caps, mittens, socks, and toys to get them through the winter.
Here's an example of what goes in our Caps & Mittens Bags! The egg shakers were donated by Austin Allies.
Delivering caps & mittens to our kids!

A Note from Our Director

Tis The Season of Giving

Leap of Joy has been teaching after school dance classes at Harris Elementary for a number of years. Seven years ago, we met Amy for the first time when she was in second grade. She was born to a mother who spoke no English and she knew very little but she excelled in her ability and passion to learn. She excelled in dance because of that same determination and drive. She excelled in dance because she engaged in the music and performed from her heart. Today Amy is a freshman at Ann Richards and an honor student. She wants to be an environmental engineer. Unlike Amy, who is an only child, Liz has a number of brothers and a sister. She joined Leap of Joy in the 4th grade and she is a freshman at Reagan High School and in the top 10% of her class. At 4’11” she is the only freshman chosen to be on the varsity soccer team. Liz has had a troubled childhood with an alcoholic and abusive father recently returned to Mexico. Her mother works long hours and has never come to one of Liz’s performances. As an alumnus, Liz continues to perform a solo in our yearly Care to Dance.

I don’t believe it is an exaggeration to say that Leap of Joy has been life changing for both girls and
many more.

It’s astonishing what a little support and care can do. Not only are our instructors talented and experienced dancers and actors, they are amazing teachers who have a true dedication to their students. With your support we continue to improve the lives of the kids we serve. This coming Tuesday is giving day. I hope you will see our value and donate to our Caps & Mittens for Kids program. Let’s keep them  warm over the cold months ahead.

Happy Holidays!
Leap of Joy Alumni

Amy & Liz's stories are so inspiring! We are so honored to have been a part of these young women's lives. Donate today to help aspiring youth like Amy & Liz reach their dreams!
Ms. Monica and her Casey Kids
Leap of Joy Wants to Hear From You!

Has giving or the kindness of others inspired your life? Has theater or dance helped you through a tough time? What are you thankful for? We want to hear from you! Share your story with us and you might be featured on our blog!
Tell Us Your Story!
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