Clothes Helping Kids Events

In this post I went through the events that Clothes Helping Kids have currently and what kind of events they could have in the future.

KG

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Facebook for Clothes Helping Kids

Clothes Helping Kids could benefit tremendously by having some form of social media such as Facebook. This would allow them to update people more frequently and in an easier way on what is going on with the non-profit. Since their website isn’t updated very often this would be an easier free outlet to get information out to the public. They could post events to get estimations on the attendance with the event tools that Facebook Provides. They can also show some love to their grant recipients by displaying their appreciation for them on their Facebook news feed by letting those who donate exactly what their donation is going towards. With the milestone tool they can allow those who follow them know exactly how close they are to meeting their goals and also other great outcomes their business have overcome as well.

As I do not work for the non-profit I didn’t want to make a Facebook page in their name without having the appropriate information to update it with. So instead I took the Facebook layout from a page I personally like on Facebook and photo shopped it with the layout I would personally do if I were to design their Facebook.

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If you click on the picture it makes it a little bigger and easier to see. I used the logo I designed for them as their Facebook profile picture, and a picture of children doing art work which could be one that they could take at one of the non-profit community programs they give grants to as a cover photo. I also displayed their information so that it would be easier for people to know their hours of operation, address, and phone number.

Let me know what you think of the design.

KG

Clothes Helping Kids: Savers Walkthrough

I have talked about Savers in many posts but I haven’t really showed you what they have in their store. While many of you might have been there before others may not know what you can get in the store. In this post I walk through the store and show you a little bit of what they have to offer and what it looks like in the actual building.

KG

World Wildlife Fund!

In my blog I mostly talk about how we can help our fellow humans with the problems they face, but I have always had a soft spot in my heart for animals. Animals are such beautiful creatures and it saddens me that so many species are going extinct because of what our way of life does to them. Elephants being killed for their ivory and polar bears not having a cold enough atmosphere to live in due to global warming, it breaks my heart. While we can’t turn back the hand of time and undo what has been done we can go forward and change the outcome of the future. This week I want to tell you about the World Wildlife Fund and what they do to help the extinction of such beautiful species. The WWF uses donations to protect wild animal habitats from over hunting to deforestation. They help to try to increase the number of extinct animals by encouraging breeding environments and giving the animals the safety they need to produce large families. WWF also work to try to raise awareness to congress that certain funding is crucial to these animals’ lives. You can sign petitions on the WWF website to send to congress so that they can see what an impact cutting such funding would do to the environment and the species that inhabit them.

What you can do:

1. I encourage you to go to the WWF website and educate yourself on some of the problems these animals are facing. I thought I knew a lot until I went to the website and looked through the stories of animals.
2. Sign the petition. It cost you nothing to do so, and it could mean life for an animal.
3. If you want to do more you can donate money to the cause or buy items that the proceeds go to the animals.
4. Make a symbolic adoption of an animal and receive information on how that animal is doing and how you changed their life.
5. Lastly, I encourage you to spread the word to your friends and family so that they can be more educated on the problem and learn how they can help as well.

Have a great day,

KG

Clothes Helping Kids Grant Recipient: Children’s Crisis Center

With so many great non-profit communities getting grant money from Clothes Helping Kids there should be some way that they can show what the grant recipients do for the community and show them gratitude for their great work. The Clothes Helping Kids website shares the names of the grant recipients on their website but I think that it would be much more meaningful to give them the light that they deserve by sharing a little story about each non-profit or tell of what their non-profit does. This would allow those who donate to see exactly what their donation is going to and show them just how they are helping the community. This type of story telling would not only be good for the website but also for social media as well.

This week I decided I would try this method with a grant recipient from last year: Children’s Grief Center of NM. Since they were closed most of the week for the holiday I couldn’t really get pictures of the inside so I took some pictures of the grounds of the center and did a little research so that I could tell you a little more about their work.

The Children’s Grief Center of NM have received Non-Profit of the year this year. That is a huge accomplishment and it there should be a larger awareness of what they do for the community. They have a Website/Blog that you can visit for more information of their services → http://www.childrensgrief.org/WP/.

The Children’s Grief Center of NM has helped families deal with the grieving process for many years. They have support groups for children, teens and adults to talk about their feelings and get through the grieving process with people who have been through some of the same things supporting them. The grants that Clothes Helping Kids Provides Children’s Grief Center allows them to better help families through the grieving process and give them the supplies they need to have a better life.

The Grief Center is located at 3001 Trellis NW Albuquerque, NM 87107:

20131129_105857It is located next to the nature center so it has a calm peaceful atmosphere with the Rio Grande River close by

20131129_105911They have a Facebook which gives information on events they are having as well as information on their annual Camp Corazon.

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The building was built in the name of James R. Hogan

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The building also has a drop off location for clothes and other donations for the children and families going through a time of grieving.

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While Clothes Helping Kids does a lot to help the Children’s Grief Center it is nice to let them know how much we appreciate all they do.

KG

Roadrunner Food Bank!

With thanksgiving right around the corner you can just taste the yummy food that you are about to devour while giving thank to the friends and family surrounding you at the dinner table. For most of us having a thanksgiving meal is a no-brainier. Well many people in New Mexico and all around the world don’t know where their next meal is coming from or if there is one on the way at all. Roadrunner food bank has been collecting food for the hungry since 1980. They collect canned food items year round and around the holidays they have special donation areas to encourage people to be in the giving spirit of the holidays and donate as much as they can. They have many events throughout the year to collect food and raise money for the hungry in New Mexico. If you are in the giving spirit this thanksgiving you can donate your canned food items at their temporary drop of location at the Albertsons on Montgomery and San Mateo. You will see the large mayflower moving trucks, which is where you can drop off your items.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

KG

Clothes Helping Kids Drop-Off Locations

There are so many great companies around town that give up space in their lot so that Clothes for Kids can place one of their many drop-off boxes. These boxes are spread around town and all over the cities in New Mexico to provide convenience for those so willing to donate their clothes and other items to help children and families in need. There are 18 locations spread across town so that you could find one just about anywhere you live. Right now you can find the locations of these boxes on their website, but I think it would beneficial to have an app that would have a easy locate option to find a drop off location closest to you based off GPS. I went around town and these were the boxes and drop off locations I found.

20131120_151135(1)This box is located at the Circle K gas station on San Mateo and Montgomery.

20131121_151614This one is located at the Kicks gas station on Lomas and Washington.

20131121_152023This box is located at the Ram gas station on San Mateo close to Constitution.

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Lastly, all Savers locations are drop off locations for those bigger house hold items or clothes as well. This Savers is located on Menaul and Carlisle.

While I think that these locations are terrific for gathering items I think that they should have a logo on them to reinforce the brand identity. With the logo being a signifier of the corporation those who donate would know exactly what they are donating their items to and would feel better knowing that their donation is going to a great cause.

KG