Spark Holiday Gift Card Drive 2017

Spark Holiday Drive Flyer

The University of Texas Spark program serves former foster youth on campus. The program is hosted by the Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and works closely with the Dean of Students Offices and New Student Services.  In the last two years, Dr. Monica Faulkner and Shannon Mann-Butler have worked diligently to identify these young adults on campus to ensure that they are receiving the support they need to be successful while at the university.

As we are all going to visit family and friends for the holidays, many of our youth will be here in Austin. While we would all love to bring each student home during the break, we know that we can’t. What we can do is make sure that these fabulous young people know that we are thinking about them and give them something that they can really use.

For some of us, gift cards can conjure up images of an impersonal gift or the choice to buy for when you don’t know what else to do. This couldn’t be farther than the truth for our former foster youth. Gift cards are nice for these young adults because most of them have led lives that did not offer them many choices. Having the chance to pick out something that is a luxury that most of them have not had many opportunities to experience. You get to give them the gift of choice, along with the fun of the season.

We are asking for gift cards or donations specifically for restaurants, grocery stores and experiences in the amount of $10-$25. Your efforts will have such a tremendous impact on our Spark students!

Some Great Gift Card Options:
McDonalds Starbucks
Ult Bath & Body Works
Target Walmart
iTunes Game Stop
Movie Theaters Old Navy


Or anywhere else you think young adults might enjoy! The gift cards will be hand delivered by the Spark Team, and selected for each of our youth based on their needs and interests; every card will go to good use!

We are accepting physical and online gift cards. Shannon will be coordinating all donations in the following ways:

  1. You can purchase an online gift card and have it emailed or forwarded to (please let her know you are doing this)
  2.  Shannon can arrange to pick up cards from you, just email her or give her a call! 512-739-3112

Thank you in advance for supporting these amazing students and investing in a program at Steve Hicks School of Social Work that we are all proud of!

Happy Holidays!

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