It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s March once more. Almost a whole year in quarantine–and what a year it’s been! Here in Austin we’ve not only been dealing with the pandemic, but also extreme weather, some of the coldest we’ve seen in decades! A couple weeks ago, the majority of Austin went without power and water. I myself was out of power for a full six days, freezing in my apartment, no way of getting heat or driving somewhere warm because the roads were icy. I was miserable. But I was also very lucky: I had shelter, and tons of blankets. I cannot even begin to imagine what it was like for some of the less fortunate here in Austin and other parts of Texas.
This past year has been a struggle for all of us, including Leap of Joy. So much of what we do involves going to schools and teaching after classes. But with school going virtual, we’ve had to find alternative methods to reaching out to our kiddos. It’s been difficult for us, though we’re hoping that as 2021 progresses we will start making some forward steps…dance or otherwise!
Today marks the beginning of Amplify Austin. 24 hours of giving, from today, Thursday, March 4th at 6 p.m. to Friday, March 5th at 6 p.m. More than ever, it is time for us as a community to step together to help those in need. This year, we’re asking once again for a contribution to our cause. Everything we raise during this event goes to helping us provide dance classes to those less fortunate in our city! No donation is too small.
There are many ways to contribute!
- Donate directly to Leap of Joy by clicking here. You can pick from a set amount or choose your own.
- You can go directly to the Amplify Austin and donate to their Amplify Fund, which helps out all participating nonprofits.
- Can’t donate? Consider helping us spread the word! Share this on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, using the hashtag #ILiveHereIGiveHere
- Mention it to someone directly!
Help us band together after the horrible year we’ve had and give back to those less fortunate. Help us AmplifyCommunity. Help us AmplifyJoy. Help us AmplifyAustin!