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Leap of Kindness Day 2020

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Name: Leap of Kindness Day 2020
Date: February 29, 2020
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Leap of Kindness Day 2020

What will you do with an extra day?

The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce's first #LeapOfKindnessDay will take place, on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Leap of Kindness Day happens every 4 years and was originally started in 2016 by the Saratoga County Chamber. The idea is to get as many people in our community as possible to use the extra day we all get in a Leap Year to do something kind for someone else. Beyond Saratoga County, there were more than 50 chambers in 30 states who joined the Leap of Kindness Day celebration.  They had thousands of people take part in the celebration of kindness. Some cooked breakfast or delivered lunch for first responders. Others delivered flowers or socks to residents in local retirement homes. Local employers collected clothes, food and money for a wide range of local charities. Others acted individually sending a thank you card to someone who meant a lot to them.

And now as we inch closer to Leap of Kindness Day 2020, the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce's goal is to see that even more individuals and employers come together to do something kind for someone else using the extra day they will get on February 29, 2020.

What will you do with an extra day in 2020?

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the Bastrop Chamber wants to invite you to use your extra day during Leap Year to do something kind for someone else. EVERYONE is invited to participate. Below are a wide range of ideas and suggestions to help you get started.
 
The 100 Club of Central Texas
Delivering meals to first responder departments (police stations, constable's offices, fire stations, EMS barns, etc) on behalf of The 100 Club of Central Texas is a great way to show our community that we support our first responders.
Contact ea@100clubcentex.com for more information.

Austin Wildlife Rescue
1) Make and decorate bird houses and owl houses. Some of these houses could end up in our silent auction in Sept. we can provide plans for owl house.
2) Help us get ready for our upcoming influx of wildlife over 8,000 by collecting items from our wish list such as paper towels, high-efficiency liquid detergent, bleach, puppy chow, Black oil sunflower seeds, wild bird seed, new or Gently used large bath or beach towels, large leaf bags or go to our Amazon wish list for more items. These projects would make a huge impact in helping meet our mission.
Contact Beverlyseffel@yahoo.com for more information.

Pet Food Drive
Roscoe State Bank is having a pet food drive during the month of February and then working at the Bastrop County Animal Shelter on February 29, 2020.
Contact Macy Lewis at mlewis@roscoestatebank.com or 512-303-1800 for more information.

Ice Cream Social
A group of classmates from the BEST Leadership Program will be holding an ice cream social at Towers Nursing Home, 907 Garwood St, Smithville, TX on February 29, 2020. To volunteer, contact the individual below.
Contact Fran Hunter at Frances.Hunter@co.bastrop.tx.us.

Activities at Argent Court
Members of B.E.S.T. Leadership Program will lead senior activities such as BINGO, arts and crafts and some light gardening on February 29, 2020 at Argent Court, 508 Old Austin Hwy, Bastrop, TX. To participates, use the contact email below.
Contact Steph Lewis at slewis@schulmantheatres.com.

Activities in Elgin
Help our B.E.S.T. Leadership Classmates and EISD employees & students on February 29, 2020. They are doing projects like a park and cemetery clean-ups, collections & donations for the Bastrop County Animal Shelter, volunteering at the Elgin Parks & Rec Center to clean out flower beds, making care packages for deployed military, volunteering at Down Home Ranch and making Leap of Kindness notes to put on cars in parking lots.
Contact Shannon Luis at shannon.luis@elginisd.net for more detailed information & locations or call 512-281-3434 ext. 1229.

Help Build a Therapy Garden
At Children’s Advocacy Center more than 150 clients are served a year due to trauma. The project for this group on February 29, 2020 is building a therapy garden at 1002 Chestnut St, Bastrop, TX.
Contact Meagan Webb at  meagan.webb@cacbastrop.org.

Yard Work
Members of the B.E.S.T. Leadership Class along with coaches and athletes from Elgin High School are helping with yardwork for families and elderly in need of assistance. Bring a few tools and work alongside us on February 29, 2020.
Contact Sonya Rangel at sonya.rendon-rangel@austincc.edu to get further details.

Other ideas for Random Acts of Kindness:
• Go online and make a donation to a local nonprofit or charitable organization of your choice.
• Take some friends or family members out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner AND tip big too.
• Bring flowers or coffee or a platter of food to your local police station, firehouse or EMS facility to say Thank You.
• Call or email or text someone who has made a difference in your life and say Thank You.

The Bastrop Chamber is often the facilitator of events, celebrations and movements that bring together leaders of our community from the private, nonprofit and public sectors.

That's really what Leap of Kindness is all about. Inspiring and facilitating everyone in our community to do something kind for someone else. Using the extra day we all get on February 29th during a Leap Year to help and thank others.

Leap of Kindness Day can help build teamwork & workplace morale.

Employers can use #LeapOfKindnessDay to build employee morale with a focus on kindness and community.
 
At the end of our morning, we will reconvene about 1pm at Neighbor's Kitchen & Yard, 601 Chestnut St #C, Bastrop, TX 78602 to share our stories from #LeapOfKindnessDay. We hope to see you there!
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February 29 - Leap Year!
Contact Information:
Becki Womble, IOM 512-303-0558
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