Notes & Noticias: The More, The Merrier

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is here, and with it a number of ways to ensure that all members of our community can celebrate.

This week’s edition of Notes and Noticias focuses on ways you can continue to help those recovering from the Halloween floods, and other opportunities to celebrate the season by giving back.

The More, The Merrier

We’re lucky to live in a community that offers so many ways to help others. This holiday season, please consider one of the following ways to help those in need in Southeast Austin.

The more ways you help, the merrier our holiday season will be for everyone.

River City Youth Foundation’s 16th Annual Merry Memories Toy Festival:

RCYF is holding their annual “Merry Memories” toy festival this Saturday, December 7th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Dove Springs Rec Center. Volunteers are still needed. For more information about how to donate toys or help at the event, please visit RCYF’s website.

Austin-Travis County Builders Relief Fund:

I am spearheading an effort to raise funds to support rebuilding efforts in Southeast Austin for individuals whose homes were lost or damaged in the floods. There is still much work to be done and we can really use more support for this effort. Please consider making a donation to help our neighbors have a home for the holidays.

Capital Area Food Bank “Stuff The Bus” Food Drive:

Thousands of Central Texans are at risk of going hungry. This holiday season, join in the effort to prevent food insecurity with Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. From December 13 to 15 they will have a CapMetro bus parked outside Whole Foods downtown. Bring non-perishable food items and make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.

The Austin Relief Alliance:

The newly formed Austin Relief Alliance continues to raise funds for those impacted by the recent floods. Our Give-A-Thon was a great success, as was the all-day concert last weekend. If you have not yet donated, you may do so securely online.

There are many ways to help our community this holiday season.

I think of those who lost everything in the recent floods, as well as the many people in our region who struggle day-to-day to make ends meet. There is always more we can do for those who are less fortunate, and now is the time to make sure everyone has a merry, happy, and healthy holiday season.

Eat Drink Local Week: Dec. 7 – 14

Edible Austin’s Eat Drink Local Week kicks off this weekend with “An Evening with Will Allen” at the Stateside at the Paramount on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots. Please visit the link for further details.


A True Community Servant

Congratulations to George Morales III, who was recently awarded the Presidential Gold Award for Community Service for more than 500 hours of community service.

The award, given by the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes outstanding volunteer efforts.

George has been a tremendous leader during the ongoing recovery effort from the flooding in Southeast Austin. Beyond that, George is a fixture in the community, working with many organizations to provide ongoing support to the Dove Springs community.

I’m thankful that George works so hard to improve the quality of life of everyone in our community, and so glad to see his efforts be recognized on a broader level.

Congratulations, friend, I know you will keep up the good work.

Thanks for reading another edition of Notes and Noticias. I look forward to seeing you in the community soon.