Today was our first real trip into the heart of downtown Austin. [The rumors of bad traffic are true, by the way.]
The four of us spent a couple of hours at Any Baby Can Child & Family Resource Center. The organization seeks to "bring help and hope to the youngest, sickest, and poorest children" in their community. We were impressed by the friendly staff and well-organized facility.
The organization is currently gearing up for a Mom's Night Out for mothers of children with cancer. We were able to help by preparing 45 party favors that will be given to each mom. We packaged small party bags with chocolates and skin care products.
One of the neat things about this project was that our whole family was able to help. We were given a room with all the materials and quickly made an assembly line to get the work done. Our oldest daughter counted out the chocolates, I bagged the items, and Stephanie closed everything up with ribbon and a special label. Our little one aided in the effort by playing with toys and "reading" books quietly in the corner.
NOTE: If you live in the Austin area, you may want to consider attending or volunteering at Any Baby Can's 2011 Rockin' Roundup on March 26th at the Austin Music Hall. It is the organization's main fundraising event and includes dinner, dancing, live music, and a silent auction.
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