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October 2016 Newsletter

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SWAGG Programs October Newsletter
THE SWAGG STORE just got a makeover!



The Avenue Church donated 200 hygiene packs and volunteered with SWAGG Programs during "Be the Church Weekend".  30+ volunteers assisted with various projects inside and outside of the SWAGG Store.  Projects included to:
 
Painting the office
Leveling the dirt in front of the storage shed
Reframing the side entry door & Creating a landing/ walkway
Organizing and labeling the book shelves, hanger storage

Sorting and organizing socks, underwear, and shoes by gender & size
Building shelves to store socks, underwear, and shoes by gender & size

Check out photos here


 
SWAGG in the community 
SWAGG is honored to partner with different food banks and homeless agencies to provide needed items 



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


     'Tis Almost the Season

HOLIDAY SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS NEED

We need your help making this year's Holiday Support Program a success.  Last year your support made it possible for us to assist over 410 foster and homeless children with food, clothing, toys and more.  

Check out our 2015 Highlights



Want to help families have a SWAGGtastic Holiday Season?

SPONSOR HOLIDAY MEALS
SWAGG Programs is looking to provide Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners to families in need.  Please contact Nikki if you are interested in sponsoring Thanksgiving and/ or Christmas Care Package (full of items to cook for dinner).

SPONSOR ANGEL TREE
Children will be naming 2 wants & 2 needs between $20-$50 per item and we ask for the sponsors to bless them with at least 1 need & 1 want.  We would like to have our Sponsor Signups submitted by the first week of November so contact Nikki asap if you would like to be an Angel Tree Sponsor (individuals & organizations welcome).
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Distribute Thanksgiving Care Packets - November 22, 2016
Angel Tree Christmas Social (Food & Gifts)- December 17, 2016
Contact Nikki if you would like to volunteer.
 
Attention Agencies & CPS Offices
SIGN UP FOR OUR INITIAL PLACEMENT PROGRAM



We supply children with a case of diapers/ pull-ups before they report to their new placements. You don't have to place a child without these. Contact 
Nikki to sign up.
"Every child deserves SWAGG!"
Volunteer & Make a Difference!

 

"Because of you, SWAGG Programs has served over
3000 children and hosted 850 volunteer hours!"

 
 
Click Here to Volunteer 
  1. Become a SWAGG "Medal" Donor! Click here to claim your medal.
  2. Become a Business/ Organization Partner
  3. Become a SWAGG Mentor 
  4. Sponsor a SWAGG Event
  5. Sponsor a Donation Drive
Give to a nonprofit that makes a daily difference in the lives of children. 
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.
Contribution Receipts are distributed.
SWAGG STORE HOURS
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
October - Halloween Clothes, Costumes, etc.




*UPCOMING
November - Fall Items, Coats, Jackets, Blankets, Knitted Items
December - Christmas Decor, Wrapping paper, Socks, Clothes, Knitted Items, etc.