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Opening Doors for Children & Families

The Ripple of Kindness

It was a beautiful, warm, sunshiny day in June. I was out on the playground with one of the ABC Head Start classes. The teachers and I were chatting about our upcoming fundraiser gala, called Magic and Masquerade taking place on October 12, 2012. One ABC Head Start employee has been volunteering for the Scarecrow Festival Steering Committee. The Scarecrow Festival is heading into its 20th and final year. This steering committee puts in countless volunteer hours to make the festival and the gala a success.

We started chatting about donations for the silent auction and raffle at the Magic and Masquerade Gala. I thought about a few people I might ask who own businesses for some sort of item they might donate. But then the employee/volunteer said, "Why don't you donate a private yoga session?" WELL OF COURSE! It hadn't even crossed my mind that I might have something to donate! So I made up a certificate and volia...I have now contributed to our organization.

The kindness ripple has begun. By donating 90 minutes of my time the person who purchases my private class will hopefully have a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The money they spent will then go directly to ABC Head Start. And ultimately a child who is hungry will have a nutritious snack, a classroom will be stocked with new books for the children to read, a parent will be provided a bus ticket to get to a medical appointment. And in the end, the 90 minutes of my time has spread positivity in ways I wouldn't have dreamed.

So how can YOU get involved? Well there are lots of ways!

We are still looking for donations for our silent auction and raffle. No donation is too big! ;) You can donate an item by contacting our Community Coordinator Ann Babb at annb@abcheadstart.org or by phone at 780-461-5353 ext 229.

You can purchase tickets for the Magic and Masquerade Gala through paypal on their website by clicking here.

For more information about the Scarecrow Festival which runs October 12 - 14, at the Edmonton Expo Centre click here. On their website you can learn more about the festival, how to get involved by volunteering and how to donate to the festival.

The Scarecrow Festival also has a blog to keep you up to date and informed about the festival. Everything you need to know about the festival and the gala is right here!

Although the Magic and Masquerade Gala will continue for years to come, it is the Finale of the Scarecrow Festival. Bring your family out and help the festival go out with a BANG!

With the support of volunteers, ABC Head Start Society is able to support vulnerable children and families throughout the year. Volunteers contribute by sharing their ideas, talents and energy to events, on our Board of Directors and fundraisers, and in providing direct support to children, parents/caregivers and families.