We're new and still getting started. The team right now just consists of our Founder/CEO Alexis Berson (a 12 year old 6th grader). We plan to grow by adding an amazing team of volunteers who are committed to helping others. Think you would be a good fit? Contact us!
While shopping for my Halloween costume in 2018 at one of the large costume "pop-up" shops, I noticed just how many kids each year buy new costumes. And I noticed how expensive costumes (and props) actually are. I asked my dad if everyone could afford to buy new costumes every year and started thinking about how I might be able to help others who may not be as fortunate. After trick or treating, I threw off my costume to check out my candy haul and put it in my closet (with all of the other old and unused costumes from prior years). And that's when I had an idea... what if I collected costumes from other kids and donated them to kids who can't afford new costumes every year? It also fit right in with the theme for my 5th grade year at the time which was sustainability. SO, I decided to make it happen. So in 2019 we collected about 1,000 costumes after Halloween, received an AMAZING partnership offer from Westbank Cleaners to store and clean our costumes, partnered with Generation Serve to have several sorting events, and were getting ready to distribute in 2020 through our partnership with Neighborhood Longhorns... and then Covid. So, suspended distribution of costumes for 2020 and we'll repeat the process beginning in 2021.
1) We will enlist a team of volunteers to create , distribute, and manage costume collection boxes at sites all over the city.
2) We will partner with a local volunteer organization to help collect, sort, and organize all collected costumes and props.
3) We will find a partner to store the sorted costumes and props until next summer.
4) We will partner with a local dry cleaner to clean and make ready for distribution all costumes and components.
5) We will utilize our partnership with the local volunteer organization to help cultivate and staff distribution sites (churches, schools, community gathering places) in areas of the city that have the highest need.
6) We will promote the pickup sites through social media, local news outlets, and community leaflets.
7) Depending on the number of costumes collected (goal is 5,000 each year) we will determine an appropriate number of distribution sites and dates, and will work with our volunteer organization to staff the distribution sites for each distribution date.
8) We will not charge for the costumes, but will have an optional donation (typically a couple of dollars per costume) which will be used to help defray costs with any overage being donated to other local non profits.
9) We will repeat the cycle each year (once it's safe to do so post Covid).
We're a non-profit startup that collects gently used Halloween costumes and distributes them to community members who may not have the ability to purchase new costumes every year.
Volunteer to create a collection box (or a few) and find great places around the city to place the boxes for costume collection... possibly schools, churches, or extracurricular spots around town
Volunteer to work with collection volunteers to gather all costumes, sort and organize so we can catalog our costumes that we have to distribute, and work with our storage and dry cleaning partner to coordinate timing
Volunteer to help coordinate distribution sites and staff the distribution centers on our costume distribution day(s)
We're looking for a dry cleaning partner, retail businesses willing to have collection boxes out from November 1st through Thanksgiving, and anyone with storage space to allow us to store the costumes before and after cleaning until distribution dates.
KVUE - November 4, 2019
Austin360 - Austin American Statesman - November, 6, 2019
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Your contribution will enable us to continue funding our mission. We are very grateful for your generosity.