On December 8, 2018, The Junior League of Austin will hold the 32nd annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day. Together with our longstanding partners —Jack Brown Cleaners, KVET, and KVUE — the Junior League of Austin will provide over 35,000 warm winter coats to Central Texas Children in need.
As families arrive on Distribution Day, bilingual volunteers greet and review documents for verification of economic need. Each family is then escorted by a volunteer through racks of sorted coats. Each child that attends is able to select a coat which suits their needs, body type and personality. Every child deserves to be ready for the daily activities like recess or school bus trips. A donation to Coats for Kids ensures kids will be warm this winter; it’s more than a coat, it’s an educational tool.
The doors at each Distribution Day site remain open until every family is served. At the close of Distribution Day, any remaining coats are distributed to other local agencies to be given to children in need throughout the winter. Junior League volunteers and over 2,000 community volunteers participate in the acquisition, sorting and distributing of coats. It is because of the valued support of local groups, businesses, schools and individuals that Coats for Kids continues to thrive and help keep so many Central Texas kids warm each winter.
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WHAT TO DO
If you’re looking for something fun and festive this holiday season, the Long Center is the place to go. If you’re hoping for a night out with the family or a magical date night to remember forever, there are several events happening between now and the end of the year to choose from.
- Ballet Austin’s Nutcracker, running through December 23rd
- Of Mice and Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker, running through December 18th
- A Swingin Christmas, December 20-22
- Shen Yun – All New Performance with Live Orchestra, December 26-28
There’s a show for all tastes and ages happening at the Long Center! For more information on tickets and times, click here.
Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin
When: Various dates through the holidays
WHAT TO BUY
Any Odd Squad fans in your house? Experience gifts make for great presents, and tickets to see Odd Squad LIVE! at the Long Center on January 15, 2017 will be a sure hit!
Based on the PBS series, Odd Squad LIVE! is asking for your help in solving some oddness in your town. Team up with brand new agents Orian and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, Odd Squad: Live! is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience not to be missed.
Odd Squad is an Emmy Award-winning series about a spy organization run by kids that investigates anything strange, weird and especially odd. Each episode follows kid agents as they track down villains, stop odd creatures and help people with odd conditions like The Jinx or The Sing-Alongs. Odd Squad is a little Men In Black for kids, mixed with Airplane and elements of Get Smart. Also embedded in each episode is a math lesson aimed at kids 4 to 8, leading to the expression: Odd is the problem, math is the solution.
The show is best for all ages. Tickets start at $15 with an extra option of buying VIP passes that will get you in to meet the cast after the show. Find more information here.
WHERE TO GIVE
The weather is cooling down in Austin and there are many children in need of a warm winter coat. Coats for Kids distributes over 30,000 coats to local children, and they could use your help. If you have coats that you or your kids have outgrown, you can still donate them through 7 pm TODAY. Drop off gently used coats, all sizes including adult-sized jackets, at any local Jack Brown Cleaners location. If you miss the deadline to donate, you can sign up to volunteer on distribution day this Saturday, December 10th, or you can make a monetary donation online.
Donate $30 to celebrate Coats for Kids 30th anniversary and you’ll be buying winter coats for two kids!
A family four pack of tickets to see Odd Squad LIVE! on January 15, 2017. Performances available at 2 and 5:30 pm.
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