Amplify Austin 2021 is a Wrap!

LTlov is pleased to announce that together we raised $5,825 during this year’s 24-Hr online event called Amplify Austin.

Together we will be able to use your donations to continue our outreach to those in need in the Lake Travis Community. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to LTlov this year.

Your generosity, as always, means so much to us… but also, to those we work to uplift in our community. Thank you SO much!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors! New Program –  12:31

Dear LTlov members and supporters:

Today we are very excited to announce that LTlov has added a new program to our LTlov organization. This program is called 12:31, and was created by Mike Dahlhauser, a member of our Lake Travis Community. Many of you may follow 12:31 on Facebook. 12:31 comes from the bible verse, Mark 12:31 which states “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mike says the mission of 12:31 has been “to serve our community, in whatever capacity is needed, with the kind of relentless compassion for others that inspires a generation to do the same.” We believe that in many ways, the mission of LTlov and the mission of 12:31 are very similar.

Mike has been looking to join a group such as LTlov. 12:31 has a lot of volunteers and a lot of caring donors. They have done some amazing work in helping those in need in our community. When Mike puts the word out of a need, people step up to help. It’s been exciting to watch!

Our board has done a lot of due diligence on adding a program like this to LTlov. The board voted yesterday and came back with a unanimous decision that we wanted to add 12:31 as a new program to LTlov.  Mike will chair the 12:31 program, just as Stacy Mikrut and Alison Blake have co-chaired our School Supplies Program and Sheryl Kelly has chaired our Green Santa Program. We have put banking systems in place to keep the donations of 12:31 separate from our other programs and general donations.

You will be hearing more about 12:31 in the months ahead. I invite you to all “Follow” 12:31 on Facebook.

Thanks so much!

Kim Kahle
LTlov – President

2020 Green Santa was a Great Success!

As we begin a new year I wanted to give you a recap of our Green Santa Program, as it was quite a success! Despite the times we are currently living in with this pandemic, our Lake Travis Community was able to rise to the occasion to help our neighbors and children in need again this year. Here are some highlights for you:

283 Families with 802 Children Served
– 576 Elementary School Kids
– 109 Middle School Kids
– 92 High School Kids
– 25 Unknown Ages

Families were given a “Family Box” that included age-appropriate toys and HEB gift cards. 

And our Community was super generous this year. We raised $11,790 from great organizations like the Lake Travis Community Library and their reading challenge, the Lakeway Activity Center, and the Lakeway Police Department. Many local businesses sent in money to sponsor our Green Santa Program. We also had our local businesses and schools actually collect toys at their places of business, which is always exciting!

The Oaks of Lakeway was kind enough to once again donate some unused space for us to host our Green Santa Headquarters.

We are blessed to live in such a generous community! As we move into 2021, let us reflect on the kindness and generosity of others as we continue to support our group, LTlov, and continue to live out our motto, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Thank you,

Kim Kahle
LTlov – President

2019 School Supplies Report

Having the required school supplies is critical to success for all our students, but not all our neighbors are able to afford this expense. For the ninth year running, LTlov communicated a call for help on behalf of these families and our community responded with generous donations of the materials necessary to the learning process.

Project Supply Pack, part of LTlov’s School Supplies Program, delivered prepackaged campus and grade specific school supplies directly to more than 250 LTISD students from 125 families coded Economically Disadvantaged, on their desks at campus Back to School Night events. In addition to the prepackaged kits, our School Supplies Program committee set to work with the goal of providing ALL financially limited students with the supplies by filling backpacks with their required supplies.  We were able to provide pre-filled backpacks to an additional 100 students from 45 families who either applied late or attend Lake Travis High School which does not participate in the prepackaged supply program.  Our committee also provided supplies for the Cav Lounge and Buc Lounge, pre-filled backpacks for Lake Travis Crisis Ministry, and supplies for teacher’s closets. Community donations of requested school supplies, cash and gift cards made this goal attainable and all students who requested assistance received the help they needed.

LTlov is extremely grateful to the Schoen Foundation which provided a $18,000 grant to Project Supply Pack, as well as LTISD, the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries and PODER who promoted awareness of the Project Supply Pack Application process. The list of businesses, organizations and individuals who supported this year’s School Supplies Collection drive is extensive. Austin Ridge Church provided 40 filled high school backpacks, Falconhead West collected backpacks, Sonesta collected backpacks and supplies, Acts Church collected school supplies, and Tuscany Village provided backpacks and supplies.  Huge thanks go to the Lake Travis Community Library, Kuper Sotheby’s, Nitro Swimming, Champions TX, Elite Wellness, Flipnastics, Chick-fil-A, and HEB Table 620 who hosted our collection bins. The consistent generosity of Lake Travis residents resulted in 16 bins full of supplies from these sites. Special thanks go to the many volunteers who helped us sort, pack and distribute supplies including the Girl Scout Troops 517 and 43109, Boy Scout Troop 52, Lake Travis Young Men’s Service League, HBMS National Honor Society, LTHS National Honor Society, and to all the volunteers who dedicated over 150 hours to this much-needed program.

In total, we were honored to provide more than 350 students from all LTISD campuses with the supplies required for success in the classroom.

2019 Green Santa Once Again Exceeds Expectations!

Neighbors helping neighbors is the heart of LTlov’s mission and this was evident as together the residents and businesses of Lake Travis served over 222 families and 740 children.

Green Santa is an annual event founded by the Hudson Bend Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary in 1993 and is managed by LTlov since 2014.  It is called Green Santa since the Hudson Bend Fire Department, now part of Lake Travis Fire Rescue, drove green fire trucks.  This Lake Travis holiday tradition focuses on giving toys, books, stuffed animals and HEB gift cards to buy a holiday meal to qualifying children and families in the area.

“Each year I am amazed at the outpour of love this community has for the children that may not receive any toys or very little this holiday season”, Green Santa Chairwomen Sheryl Kelly said.   Truck loads of toys were delivered to the Green Santa Headquarters from toy drives hosted by LTISD, Sing Along, Point of Origin, YouthtoSeniors , LTPals, and various local businesses and individual residents.

Volunteers from Young Men Service League, Girl Scouts, Lake Travis Elementary School and LTlov members gave their time sorting and packing the family boxes and assisting during distribution days to ensure that everyone in the community can have a joyous holiday.

Space for the 2019 Green Santa Headquarters was donated by The Oaks of Lakeway.  The Lake Travis Fire Rescue was at the distribution days greeting families and passing out fire hats and stickers.

2018 Green Santa

LTlov would like to thank the Lake Travis community for sharing the joy of the season with local families whose limited finances make celebrating the holidays a challenge.  Once again, Green Santa was favored with a great outpouring of generosity which provided gifts and family meals to 672 children in the Lake Travis area. Neighbors helping neighbors was in full evidence and empowered this much beloved program to serve 204 local families in need of a little extra help with three gifts, stocking stuffers, books and a stuffed animal for each child and just under $13,000 dollars in H-E-B food cards provided to families to help stretch Holiday food budgets.

The Green Santa program is made possible because of the support of our entire community and everyone deserves to be recognized for donating time, talent and resources. Thank you, especially, to the wonderful businesses and organizations whose donations made our food card program possible: Ladies of Charity- Lake Travis, H-E-B, Point of Origin, Lake Travis Rotary Club, Thrash Law Firm, Eco Safe Wastewater Technologies, Lakeway A/C & Heating, Wink Medical Aesthetics, Terrel Veterinary Clinic, Woofs Pet Salon, Mangieri’s Pizza Cafe, and Superior Town & Country; as well as our donation sites:  LTISD school campuses, Terrell Veterinary Clinic, Lake Travis Community Library, Lakeway Activity Center, Chick-fil-A Lake Travis, World of Tennis and WOT Pilates, Prosperity Bank, Moreland Properties, Strandz Salon, Bee Cave Family Chiropractic, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxe Salon, Body Balance Physical Therapy, Coldwell Banker United Realtors, Point of Origin, the Lakeway Police Officer’s Association, Belmont Village Senior Living, 620 Chiropractic & Wellness and Vantage Data Designs who graciously received and stored many Amazon boxes. Green Santa is also grateful to have been the beneficiary of events and collections hosted by Sing Along, Point of Origin, Orange Leaf in Lakeway, the George family and WCID 17.

Sincere appreciation goes out to the residents of the Lake Travis community for your generous donations of toys, gift cards, and cash donations so that each registered child would have presents and a special holiday meal to enjoy with their family. Special recognition goes to Western Industries who donated our collection and family gift boxes, Youth2Seniors who provided a stuffed animal for every child, H-E-B’s Read3 program for the donation of books, Hudson Bend Middle School, who wrote letters from Santa to each registered family, Lakeway Elementary School students who helped build stuffed animals and LTISD for providing the space needed to store, sort, box and distribute the more than 3000 gifts we received. Finally, a great, big hug to all of our volunteers, including Girl Scout Troop 1897, who served refreshments at Sing Along,  the Young Men’s Service League, Friends of the Parks and the many individuals and families who helped sort toys, pack family gift boxes and ensured that the distribution process went smoothly.

2019 Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to our LTISD Schools 2019 College Scholarship recipients: Genaro Moreno, who will attend UTSA, Laura Jimenez, who is headed to TxTech, and Alexandria Rosa, who will be a student at the University of Texas!  Each student will receive $3000 dollars which will be applied directly to their studies for the Fall semester. Pictured with LTlov members Julie Gurley and Sheryl Kelly. Best wishes for a successful freshman year!

2018 School Supplies Report

Having the required school supplies is critical to success for all our students, but not all our neighbors are able to afford this expense. For the eighth year running, LTlov communicated a call for help on behalf of these families and our community responded with generous donations of the materials necessary to the learning process.

Project Supply Pack, part of LTlov’s School Supplies Program, delivered prepackaged campus and grade specific school supplies directly to 275 LTISD students from 175 families, coded Economically Disadvantaged, on their desks at campus Back to School Night events. Following the application deadline for campus-assigned supply packs, our School Supplies Program committee set to work with the goal of providing ALL financially limited students with the supplies needed including late applications, backpacks, basic supplies for Lake Travis High School students who do not participate in the pre-packaged ordering system, supplies for the Cav Lounge and supplies for teacher’s closets at HBMS and LTES. Community donations of requested school supplies, cash and gift cards made this goal attainable and all students who requested assistance received the help they needed.

LTlov is extremely grateful to the Schoen Foundation which provided a $15,000 grant to Project Supply Pack, as well as LTISD, the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries and PODER who promoted awareness of the Project Supply Pack Application and deadline. The list of businesses, organizations and individuals who supported this year’s School Supplies Collection drive is extensive. The Pedernales Fire Department hosted 2 special events which resulted in many bags of school supplies and presented us with a $400 cash donation, Coldwell Bankers United Realtors in Lakeway and the Sonesta Hotel each collected a large box of supplies, Austin Ridge Church provided 40 filled high school backpacks, HEB donated 40 backpacks and Tuscany Village provided 12 filled backpacks. Huge thanks go to the Lakeway Veterinary Clinic, Strandz Salon, the Lake Travis Community Library, Kuper Sotheby’s, Nitro Swimming, World of Tennis, Elite Wellness, Flipnastics, Champions TX and Hill Country Indoor who hosted our collection bins. The consistent generosity of Lake Travis residents resulted in 17 bins full of supplies and just under $5,000 in cash donations. Special thanks go to the many volunteers who helped us sort, pack and distribute supplies including the Lake Travis Young Men’s Service League and the LTHS National Honor Society, the Lake Travis School District for providing a room at the LTHS Annex, and to all the volunteers who dedicated over 150 hours to this much-needed program.  In total, we were honored to provide over 350 students from all LTISD campuses with the supplies required for success in the classroom.

A Message from the President

2018 was another busy and meaningful year for LTlov!  LTlov has been serving the Lake Travis area for 11 years now, and we are pleased to have provided over $1.1 million dollars in cash and in kind donations to struggling families in our Lake Travis community!
As an organization we’ve learned that education is the key to fighting poverty.  Children who are consistently lacking in the resources that most of their peers take for granted are not only academically challenged, but our research indicates that these children are sidelined emotionally as well. It is our goal to make sure that these children have all of the resources they need to succeed in school.
We are proud of the fact that in 2018 we brought in $73,850 and of that, distributed $72,628. That is 98% that went back out to our Lake Travis community! And, it is important to remember that the time spent as a part of LTlov is completely voluntary.  I’d like to thank our board, our many members, and our generous community for their dedication and partnerships that have helped LTlov achieve it’s goals this past year.
In the coming days, you will be receiving emails inviting you to support our one and only fundraiser, Amplify ATX.  Our 24-hour event is February 28th.  We need as many members as possible to join us in creating personal fundraising pages so that we can reach our $20,000 goal.  We live here, so we give here!
As the new President of LTlov, I look forward to continuing the good work that Michelle and others started 11 years ago. I’m excited for the opportunity to lead LTlov into the future as we continue the work of helping our neighbors overcome limiting circumstances.
– Kim Kahle, President

2017 Green Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! Way to go!

Lake Travis helped Green Santa spread the joy of the season to neighbors challenged by limited finances, as once again, LTlov received an abundance of donations to provide gifts and family meals to 600 children in the Lake Travis area. Neighbors helping neighbors drives and fuels LTlov’s mission and LTlov Green Santa program chair, Sheryl Kelly and her team, witnessed this in action to serve 195 local families in need of a little extra help for the holidays with three gifts, a book and a stuffed animal for the children and H-E-B food cards to help stretch family food budgets.

The Green Santa program would not be possible without the support of the entire Lake Travis community and heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who donated time and/or resources, with special recognition to the generous businesses and organizations whose donations made the food card component possible: Ladies of Charity- Lake Travis, Point of Origin, HEB, Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club, A to Z Dog Ranch, Texstar Integra Insurance, Thrash Law Firm, Eco Safe Wastewater Technologies, Lakeway A/C & Heating, Wink Medical Aesthetics, Terrel Veterinary Clinic, Woofs Pet Salon, Mangieri’s Pizza Cafe, Canyon Creek Homes, Bee Cave Family Chiropractic, Lakeway Spine Center, Kris Ancell-Batte/Allure Salon, Champion Family Chiropractic, Pinnacle Detailing and Cypress Custom Pools; and provided donation sites: LTISD school campuses, Terrell Veterinary Clinic, Lake Travis Community Library, Lakeway Activity Center, Chick-Fil-A Lake Travis, World of Tennis, Prosperity Bank, Strandz Salon, Moreland Properties, Bee Cave Family Chiropractic, Kuper Sotheby’s, Luxe Salon, Body Balance Physical Therapy, Caldwell Banker United Realtors, Point of Origin and the Lakeway Police Officer’s Association. Green Santa is also grateful to have been the beneficiary of events and collections hosted by Sing Along, Point of Origin, the Ladies Tennis Association of The World of Tennis and WCID 17.

LTlov extends sincere appreciation to the residents of the Lake Travis community for the generous outpouring of toys, gift cards, and cash donations so that each registered child would have presents and a special holiday meal, with special mention of Western Industries who donated all collection and gift boxes, Youth2Seniors who provided a stuffed animal for every child, HEB’s Read3 program for the donation of 700 books, Hudson Bend Middle School, who wrote letters from Santa to each registered family and LTISD for providing the space needed to store, sort, box and distribute the more than 2000 gifts received. Finally, a great, big Ho Ho Ho to all volunteers, with a special thank you to the Young Men’s Service League, for helping sort toys, pack family gift boxes and ensure that the distribution process went smoothly. For more information about LTlov, visit www.ltlov.org.

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