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November 2016 Newsletter

Children with SWAGG make the difference!

Over 2910 children and 820 volunteer hours served

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SWAGG Programs November 2016 Newsletter
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!!!


Alexa Spears of Corgan Architecture donated bicycles that will be
given away as prizes during our National Adoption Celebration Party.  
We are so excited to share these with our SWAGGsters!  



We thank Pastor Angela Williams and The Village United Methodist Church for donating school supplies!


SWAGG Programs thanks Mrs. Mary for the beautiful bows she creates with love to donate monthly.

What a BIG help! SWAGG Programs thanks Connor for his help with the Adoption Party Celebration preparations.  

"CONNOR, YOU ROCK!"


SWAGG is honored to partner with different food banks and homeless agencies to provide needed items 
Join us for a Carnival-Style Party!!!
Saturday, November 5, 2016 12noon-3:00PM
The Oaks Fellowship        777 S. I-35E Red Oak, Texas 75154


Help us celebrate our Royal "Forever" Families with bounce houses, an inflatable slide, obstacle course, basketball and carnival games. Join us for food, games, music, and family fun. You could win a bicycle, gift cards, movie tickets, and other prizes!! Everyone is invited!

Did you know that in the United States that every two minutes a child is placed into foster care? In Ellis County, over 220 children enter the system each month.  Sadly, many never find a permanent or a family to call their own.  Too many age out of the system without the needed support of family.

On Saturday, November 5,
2016 we are celebrating with those who have found their “forever family”, a family of royalty. Let’s STAND UP with them and make a difference. Support them with SWAGG- Serenity, Wisdom, Agility, Grace, and Guidance!  Let’s make this day a day for them to remember.
 
             Don't miss our CARNIVAL STYLE CELEBRATION:                        
Bounce houses, slide, obstacle course, carnival games, basketball fun, food, and live DJ
 
  • "Event Vendor"- “free booths & registration” (table and tablecloth provided; Set up by 11:30)
  • "Booth Sponsor"- Create a fun, carnival type game for kids to play and win small prizes
  • "Event Volunteer"- Help set-up, sign-in families, monitor play areas/ food area, serve food
  • "Donate Funds" to assist with Event Costs
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.            I Peter 2:9

 
We want to celebrate YOU!
Let us celebrate your ROYAL "FOREVER" FAMILY


   

We support foster and homeless children by creating experiences that boost their self-esteem and motivate them to set goals to become independent and self-sufficient. We create a reliable support system that encourages and prepares them to be successful through programs that meet their everyday needs. A standard of excellence is produced that promotes Serenity, Wisdom, Agility, Grace, and Guidance developed through comprehensive programs (clothing, hygiene, activities, etc.).

We have several holiday opportunities available for you to make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.
                                                                                           
Service Opportunity  Holiday Care Packages (Holiday Support Program)
Service Opportunity Description We provide Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners to families in need.  We create Care Packages (full of items to cook for a Holiday dinner). Since the children are home from school during this time for a week or longer, we include items that consist of, but are not limited to: books, coloring books, activity books, indoor games, board games, nutritious snacks, etc.
Service Date Saturday, November 19, 2016 and Saturday, December 17, 2016
Service Time 9AM-1PM volunteer packaging & 2PM-4PM distributing to families
Service Address/Location 1025 Ovilla Road Waxahachie, Texas 75167 (SWAGG Building)
Min Age to Volunteer Children of all ages can volunteer with an adult
Other Information We need volunteers to purchase items and stuff packages for the holidays.
We also need donations to make gift baskets for 30 families.


 
Service Opportunity  Christmas Stockings for December (Holiday Support Program)
Service Opportunity Description Every guardian feels empowered when they know they’ve made their child smile. We want to give our foster and homeless parents this opportunity by supplying them with Christmas filled stockings (during December) to hang in their homes and/or give to their children Christmas morning. 
Service Date Saturday, December 3, 2016
Service Time 9AM-1PM
Service Address/Location 1025 Ovilla Road Waxahachie, Texas 75167 (SWAGG Building)
Min Age to Volunteer Children of all ages can volunteer with an adult
Other Information We need volunteers to purchase items and stuff Christmas stockings.
We are in need of 160 stockings: 30 (infants), 50 (toddlers), and 80 (ages 5-10)

SWAGG NEEDS

Bottles of Lotion 
Boy Clothing 2T, 3T, 4T & 5T
Underwear for teenagers (Ladies & Men Sizes)


Call 214-463-3971 to donate gently used and new clothing, baby items, and toys.
Contribution Receipts are distributed.
SWAGG STORE HOURS

Our SWAGG Store will be closed 11/23-11/26 ~ May God bless you & yours to have a Happy Thanksgiving!
UPCOMING EVENTS




National Adoption Month Celebration - November 05, 2016

Orphan Sunday (STAND Sunday) - November 13, 2016

Holiday Care Package Pickup (Thanksgiving) - November 19, 2016

Holiday Care Package Pickup (Christmas) - December 17, 2016

 
If you have children in the foster care system, homeless, or in a shelter-

Our SWAGG Store is available to assist with your everyday needs! 
 
(Monthly Shopping Donations ONLY/ No more Quarter Memberships)
 
Some of the items you receive are:
  • A Case of Diapers/ Pull-Ups
  • Diaper Wipes/ Baby Hygiene Items
  • Clothing Items/ Shoes/ Socks/ Underwear
  • Grooming and Hygiene Items/ Feminine Items
  • School Uniforms/ School Supplies and Items
  • Baby Items/ Household/ Toys/ Miscellaneous Items
  • Seasonal Items and Additional Resource
  • SWAGG Activities & Experiences!
1.  Complete an Online Information Form per child.  
2.  
Submit the Shopping Donation online.
3.  Schedule your Shopping Experience. Bring placement paperwork.  


Click here to schedule your appointment. We look forward to serving you! 
LOOKING FOR SEASONAL ITEMS?
Check out the seasonal section at your SWAGG Store


NEW THIS MONTH
Fall Items, Coats, Jackets, Blankets, Knitted Items
Christmas Decor, Wrapping paper, Socks, Clothes, Knitted Items, etc.


       
 


"Do you need additional support during the Holiday Seasons?"

 



We are excited to serve you this Christmas through our Holiday Support Program.  We provide Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners to families in need.  These Care Packages are full of items to cook your Holiday dinner.  Please signup below to reserve your Thanksgiving and/ or Christmas Holiday Care Package.

Thanksgiving Meal Care Package:Sign Up
Christmas Meal Care Package:Sign Up