We just love it when this stuff happens. Recently, several Central Texas businesses have generously donated food, time, and services to fund activities and events to benefit the children we serve. These unsung heroes deserve a shout-out for their behind-the-scenes, under-the-radar generosity.
Dave LeBlanc of the Boiling Pot in Austin helped the New Life Children’s Center girls celebrate Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday crawfish boil. Lisa Brown, director of volunteers at New Life, had planned to buy fresh crawfish and cook it at the Center. But Dave insisted on preparing the 25 lbs of crawfish, 30 lbs of shrimp, and 20 lbs of corn and potatoes himself, and included bibs and butcher paper for a whopping total of $50. What could be better than boiled Cajun-style seafood dumped right on the table? Except maybe getting to eat it with your hands? It was fun, spicy, and messy. The New Life girls loved it, and so did the staff who dug in right alongside them.
Any event that benefits New Life always includes a magnanimous outpouring from the Starbucks in New Braunfels. Beautiful Starbucks gift baskets for the “Make a Difference” gala. Coffee and pastries for volunteers and committee members. And the Starbucks in Bulverde donated all the sweets and coffee for hundreds of golfers who attended the area’s “Tomorrow’s Child” Golf Benefit. Hot java, cool people, doing things that are good for the planet and their Canyon Lake neighbors.
Bruce Kuemmel, owner of Austin Printing and Mailing, consistently gives LSS great quality printing at pricing a nonprofit can love. Bruce goes above and beyond by donating his printing services on a regular basis. Recently, the company contributed a generous number of entertainment tickets to the children and grownups LSS serves. Bruce says, “I want to thank LSS for helping Austin Printing & Mailing to make this all possible— together we can make good things happen for all kinds of deserving people.”
These are just three of LSS’s unsung heroes. There are many more, and for all of them we are eternally grateful. Our openhearted donors and vendors truly make a difference every day.