LTlov would like to announce that effective immediately, 12:31 is no longer a program under its 501(c)(3) umbrella
In 2021, LTlov was excited to become the sponsoring organization under which 12:31 could operate. Thanks to overwhelming community support, this little grassroots idea to “help thy neighbor” ballooned into a wildly successful fundraising program. This program has now outgrown LTlov, whose founding principles are 100% volunteer and 100% local.
12:31 is in the process of setting up its own 501(c)(3) and LTlov wishes them all the best going forward as they enter this next chapter of their evolution.
2021 was quite the year for LTlov!
In March we took part, once again, in Austin’s community-wide fundraising event, Amplify Austin. We were able to raise money to help fund the programs that LTlov continues to provide to those we love supporting in our local Lake Travis community.
LTlov’s Scholarship Program was pleased to award a $10,000 scholarship to Abigail Garcia. Her goal is to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her studies are well underway, and she is enjoying her time in college.
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. 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 Green Santa Season of Giving Program was a huge success this past holiday season. Green Santa spreads the love of Christmas to local families in need by collecting gifts for registered children who range in age from infant to 17. Gifts are donated by residents and businesses and dropped off at designated collection sites throughout the community. These gifts are distributed directly to parents and care givers on designated days in mid-December. This year each child received several age-appropriate gifts, and all families received $50 in H-E-B gift cards. LTlov was able to serve 691 total children (234 families) in the Lake Travis community. We are so thankful for all of the individuals and businesses that donated toys and money to the Green Santa program.
After having served three full terms as President of LTlov, I am now stepping off the LTlov Board of Directors. My well-qualified replacement is Fionnuala Stockton, who has served as our VP of Programs for several years. She was also last year’s Green Santa – Season of Giving Chairperson.
Cheryl Fowlkes has served a three-year term as VP of Membership for LTlov. Cheryl will be stepping off the Board of Directors, and her replacement is LTlov member, Michelle Florander.
Stacy Mikrut has served a three-year term as the Treasurer for LTlov. Stacy will be stepping off the Board of Directors, and her replacement is LTlov member, Deanna Allen.
I’d like to thank Cheryl, Stacy, and the rest of the LTlov Board for their support during my time as President and to welcome Fionnuala, Michelle and Deanna in their new roles. LTlov will always hold a special place in my heart.
2021 Green Santa – It’s a Wrap!
LTlov is proud to announce that we had another successful year with our Green Santa program. Green Santa spreads the love of Christmas to local families in need by collecting gifts for registered children who range in age from infant to 17. Gifts are donated by residents and businesses and dropped off at designated collection sites throughout the community. These gifts are distributed directly to parents and care givers on designated days in mid-December. This year each child received several age-appropriate gifts, and all families received $50 in H-E-B gift cards.
LTlov was able to serve 691 total children (234 families) in the Lake Travis community. We are so thankful for all of the individuals and businesses that donated toys and money to the Green Santa program.
A big thank you goes out to Don Peterson from Western Industries Corporation for all the donation and family boxes.
In addition, LTlov would like to thank the Ladies of Charity, H-E-B, The Lakeway Police Department, The City of Lakeway, Lakeway Sing Along, The Oaks of Lakeway, Point of Origin, Independence Title, Belmont Village, Coldwell Banker Realty, Orange Theory, H&R Block, Pilates by Elizabeth, The World of Tennis, Moreland Properties, My Time Kids Academy, Terrell Vet Clinic, Kuper Sotheby’s, Lake Travis Library, WCID17, Kevin Charles Salon, Level 12 Salon, Stretch Zone, Massage Heights, Diesel Barber Shop, Gramercy, Adorn, Arise Chiropractic, South Star Bank, VIK Medical, Baylor Scott & White Rehab, Frontyard Brewing, Young Men’s Service League, National Charity League and The Girl Scouts for holding events for Green Santa, for donating space to us and for collecting toys for us and volunteering. You all are an integral part of Green Santa and we thank you!
LTlov – President
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!
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.
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!