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SXSW Giving Event

March 23, 2016

The 2016 SXSW Conference & Festival was in full swing here in Austin, Texas! The city welcomed people from all over the world excited about experiencing its fun and unique culture, as well as discovering innovative ideas. We absolutely love that about Austin, but we also don’t want to turn a blind eye on an overlooked side of the city, our local homeless population.

While most of the city was sleeping, our team and the awesome volunteers at Feed My People prepared breakfast at 4:30 am to serve our local homeless population. We also provided 400 care canisters filled with a clean pair of socks, hygiene care and snacks!

All of this was done with the mission to shed light onto a very different side of Austin during this week’s festivities. Funny thing is, most of us admitted to not being morning people but we were able to throw our own version of a SXSW party! We interacted, laughed and shared some great moments with a lot of people who came into the First United Methodist Church that morning. It was such a blast! 

Our hope is that every person who walked into the building walked out feeling celebrated and cared for.

A very special thank you goes out to Northwest Hills Smiles for graciously donating toothbrushes and tooth brush covers—they were a hit! Shout out to Westover Hills Tennis Club, Courtyard Tennis Club, RiverPlace Tennis Club, Westwood Tennis Club and Anderson High School Tennis Team for providing all of the canisters for us to fill and give out (what a great way to repurpose them)! 

Also, shout out to Sherry Rhoden and her helpers at Cedar Park High School who put together at least 200 kits! We really appreciate it, thank you!

Here is to making next years SXSW giving event even bigger!



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