Just Between Friends Eastern Fairfax Spring Sale!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Just Between Friends Eastern Fairfax.  Critters And Crayons is receiving a $50 shop credit to experience Just Between Friends consignments.  All opinions and writing are, as always, my own.

 

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Just Between Friends is now in Eastern Fairfax, Virginia!  I had never heard of the consignment chain until I was invited to learn more about it, and once I did, I was shocked at what a smart concept it is!  It is a fantastic opportunity to resell used (but in good condition) children’s clothing, toys and other items, as well as maternity gear!

 

As our children grow, every parent has the problem of how to rid the clutter to make room for more.  Our normal solution is to consolidate and donate items in bulk to non-profits who can use the items.  But, this time, I’m going to give Just Between Friends a try, because it seems like a fantastic idea, and also because the weekend of sales sounds like a lot of fun!

 

Here is the schedule of events for the upcoming event between May 1st and May 3rd at Embassy Suites Springfield!

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30th
6PM-8PM:  Consignor drop-off (see below for links on how you can upload your items, and print off your bar codes to pre-tag your items before drop-off)

 

FRIDAY, MAY 1st
10AM-2PM   Consignor drop-off
3PM                Presale for 12-hour volunteers (learn about the benefits of volunteering at the link below)
4PM                Presale for 8-hour volunteers
5PM                Presale for 4-hour volunteers
6PM                Presale for consignors and media
6:30PM-        Baby Shower for Expectant Moms and Parents of Newborns.  A brand new Thule Jogging Stroller will be given away!!!
7-9PM-           Prime Time Shopping $10 Admission   (No passes accepted)

 

SATURDAY, MAY 2nd
10AM-Noon    Hometown Heroes Event (Presale for teachers, nurses, foster parents, military, first responders, and their spouses!)
Noon-8PM      Open to the public, $5 admission (Passes Accepted.  Print yours below!)

 

SUNDAY, MAY 3rd
9:30AM-10AM  Grandparents and seniors 55+ can enter as part of the Early Bird Special
10AM-2PM     Open to the public.  Many items will be 50% off.  Free admission
6:30-7:30PM  Consignors with last names between A-L pick-up items
7:30-8:30 PM Consignors with last names between M-Z pick up items

 

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Check out the important links and information below to learn about how you can consign items, volunteer at the event for additional benefits, or attend to find amazing deals on children’s and maternity items!

 

 

 

 

 

 
*FOLLOW JBF FAIRAX ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

 

*SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND READ THE BUZZ USING OFFICIAL HASHTAG:  
#JBFfairfax

 

*DOWNLOAD, PRINT, AND SHARE THE FREE ADMISSION PASS BELOW TO ENJOY THE EVENT!

 

 
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Download and Print the Just Between Friends Eastern Fairfax Free Admission Pass!

 

I know where I’m going to be that weekend!   I’ve already started going through the kids’ outgrown winter wardrobe!  Getting to tagging!

 

HAPPY SPRING, ALL!

 

Hope to see you at Embassy Suites Springfield for the #JBFfairfax Spring Sale!

 

~Tricia

 

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Bunnyville At Fair Oaks Mall!

Critters And Crayons was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks Mall and to receive a gift card to help spread the word about the awesome #Bunnyville Event at #FairOaksMall that is coming next week in this sponsored post!

Be sure to bring your little ones for FREE face painting, balloon creations, spring crafts, and more! March 28 & 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.in the Grand Court West. Hop into Bunnyville at Fair Oaks Mall and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

Fair Oaks Mall Bunnyville

 

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting Easter Bunny photos at Fair Oaks Mall this past weekend.  The staff was very helpful when trying to help our family get the best picture possible.  Receipt of our printed photos was swift and professional.  The entire set-up was fantastically bright and happy and the Easter Bunny was patient, friendly, and very adorable!

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If you are planning to visit the Easter Bunny, you can find him in Grand Court West through April 4th, Monday through Saturday between 10 AM and 8:30 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.  If you have small children, they’ll be able to play with some of the activities in and around the village (check out the collage above to see some of them) while they wait their turn with The Bunny!

If you want the kids to have a blast while they wait for their photo opportunity, definitely bring them to #Bunnyville this weekend!  It’s free and will be so much fun!

Enjoy the event!  We’ll be back for it, too!

 

 

Have A Wonderful Easter!

 

 

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Critters And Crayons is thrilled to participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day to celebrate diversity in literature this year!  In addition to many fellow bloggers who are supporting the event this year, MCCBD has been made possible because of the following great sponsors!

MCCBD’s  2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold SponsorsSatya House,  MulticulturalKids.com,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library GuildCapstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books,  The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,  Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.

Our family was thrilled to receive the book, The Rainbow Files Book #1:  The Day I Was The Only Kid In School , a very fun book that sparked meaningful conversation and great laughs.

The Rainbow Files The Day I Was The Only Kid In School

We sat down on a rainy day to read the book together.  Our second grade daughter started the reading by exclaiming that she knew it would be a fun book because she had already done a “Picture Walk”!

Before reading the story, we read the prologue about the authors, Maria T. and April E. Kelly.  They are a mother-daughter team who worked together on the story.  Maria’s young daughter, April, collaborated on the story as she and her mom made up bedtime stories during Maria’s active cancer treatment.

The Day I Was The Only Kid In School

The main theme of this book (without giving away too many spoilers) centers on the loneliness (or the even more accurate term used by Maria to describe what her daughter felt during that cancer treatment process, “aloneness”) that a child can feel.

There were many points of laughter for the kids as we wandered through the odd-awful-turned-very-memorable day of the third grade narrator who winds up being the only child at school one day.  The perspective was child-relatable, and the storytelling was full of unexpected turns and details that delighted the kids.

When I asked them what their favorite parts of the story were, they loved hearing about how a student became the teacher, and taught all of the teachers how to finally do their hair and make-up.  They also loved all of the fun sounds in the book, which aided enthusiastic storytelling through onomatopoetic literary devices throughout the story.

The Day I Was The Only Kid In School

 

This has been a fantastic experience.  When I asked the kids if they were glad to participate in the event and to read The Day I Was The Only Kid In School, they agreed that it was awesome.  My Kindergartener and Second Grader definitely recommend this book for other kids!

 

HAPPY MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY!

 

If you want to learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD), and have a chance to win some great book packages, please take a look at the information below!

 

To find more information via social media, be sure to use hashtag:  #ReadYourWorld

 

TWITTER PARTY & WIN 10 BOOK PACKAGES!

Join the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th 9:00pm and use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages!

 

CHECK OUT THE MCCBD BLOG!

Find Author interviews and more on the MCCBD blog here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/blog/

 

A BOOK GIVEAWAY!  

Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Press is hosting a book giveaway on their website that anyone can enter. Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. Book #giveaway at Wisdom Tales Press! Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. #ReadYourWorld http://ow.ly/Hr0MC

 

THE MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY ONLINE PAPER!

-MCCBD now has it’s own Paper.li! A Paper.li is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.

 

HAPPY READING!

#ReadYour World

#MCCBD

#RainbowFiles

#TheDayIWasTheOnlyKidInSchool

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Paid Focus Group For Laredo Ladies

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Think Group Austin.

All opinions are always 100% my own.

 

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Think Group Austin

 

A Paid Focus Group For Laredo Ladies!

 
 

Selected Laredo Ladies Will Be Paid $125 (Value Includes Gift Card)

To Participate In A  2-Hour Focus Group Study.

No Sales Pitches ~ Just Your Opinions On….SHOPPING!

 
 

I was contacted recently by Think Group Austin about an interesting opportunity for women in Laredo to participate in a PAID Focus Group Study to discuss shopping habits!

Selected ladies will be paid $125 to provide their opinions and did I mention that the Focus Group Study lasts JUST 2 Hours?
 
To Learn More, Check Out The Info Provided Directly From Think Group Austin Below & Please Share The Survey With Other Ladies In Laredo!

 

 

“Think Group Austin (a market research firm) has an upcoming paid focus group study in Laredo, TX, for females ages 21-54 years old.

The study pays $125 for two hours on Tuesday, July 8th, during business hours. The study concerns shopping habits.

If you are interested in this study, please click on the link below to take a survey.

Based on your responses, one of our recruiters will contact you with more information and questions.

This is a great opportunity to share your opinions and get paid for it; in absolutely no way will we try to sell you something.

Feel free to pass the survey on to anyone who you think might be interested!”

 
 
 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Thinkgroup2245

 
 

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Sponsored Post Disclaimer:    I only endorse products that I have experienced and/or tested, and often receive a product or service as compensation for conducting a sponsored post or giveaway.  The focus group sponsored by Think Group Austin is an event that I would attend, myself.  In return for my labor and provision of this giveaway, I received monetary compensation.  All opinions are always 100% my own, honest, and written in the style of the Critters And Crayons Blog. 

 

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Wee Rascals : Clothing Inspired By Historical Heroes {#Giveaway}

 

This is a sponsored giveaway on behalf of Wee Rascals. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS, E.S. GRIFFIN! YOUR NAME WAS SELECTED! PLEASE CONTACT ME AT CRITTERSANDCRAYONS(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM TO CONFIRM YOUR STATUS AS THE OFFICIAL WINNER!
 

THANKS FOR USING THE EVENT’S OFFICIAL HASHTAG!

#WeeRascalsRaglan

 

The Wee Rascals Raglan Giveaway On Critters And Crayons!

 

I am thrilled to let parents know about a brilliant new clothing company run by two cool &  innovative moms, Kylie and Liz!

They set out to build a brand that breaks from the common Princess & Super Hero themes we see on store racks.

Wee Rascals is a “Made In The USA” Company that features historical heroes on high quality shirts made for children.

We received the Wee Rascals Raglan shirts featuring Isaac Newton and The Founding Fathers and completely love them!

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The smart designs and soft texture of the Wee Rascals shirts are a real hit with the kids.

Our son is picky about how a shirt should feel, and the softer the better for him.  He gives his full “softness endorsement”!

And, the images of literary and historical figures do spark conversation and learning.

Our son and daughter  have spent some time deliberating about which Presidents are actually on our daughter’s Founding Fathers shirt ( after they asked why Ronald Reagan and President Obama weren’t on it).

Plus, you can see in the photos that the shirts move quite nicely with active boys and girls!

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The great news is that you can win one of these beautiful Wee Rascals shirts, too!

 

The Wee Rascals Giveaway starts on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at Noon (CST)

and ends on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at Noon (CST)

The entry is free and open to U.S. Residents over 18 in the continental United States!

*Further Details Can Be Found In The Entry Form…

 
 

ENTER THE WEE RASCALS GIVEAWAY HERE!

 

SHARE The Giveaway Using The Following Mobile-Friendly Link:

 

http://tinyurl.com/n3wf87s

 

Don’t Forget To Use The Official Event Hashtag When Sharing!

 

#WeeRascalsRaglan

 

(It helps us verify optional entries so we can find The Winner!)

 

The Wee Rascals Raglan Giveaway On Critters And Crayons!

 

Good Luck!

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Sponsored Post Disclaimer:    I only endorse products that I have experienced and/or tested, and often receive a product or service as compensation for conducting a sponsored post or giveaway.  In return for my labor and provision of this giveaway, I received two Wee Rascals raglan shirts for my children as compensation.   All opinions are always 100% my own, honest, and written in the style of the Critters And Crayons Blog. 

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The Valentines Day Giveaway From Knotty Origami And La Cookie Company!

This is a sponsored post giveaway written by me on behalf of Knotty Origami And La Cookie Company.  

 
 

All Opinions Are 100% Mine.   

 
 

Valentines Day Giveaway Knotty Origami La Cookie Company

 
 

 A Beautiful Valentines Day Giveaway

From Knotty Origami And La Cookie Company Is Here!

 
 

ENTER HERE TO WIN

 
 
 

A Winner Will Be Selected Via Random Drawing

at Noon (CST) on February 12th, 2014. 

 
 

*Must by 18+ Years Old & Resident of the Continental U.S. To Enter*

 
 

You can win the following pretty gifts!

 
 

The Penny Knot Necklace & Fancy Kusudama Flower

 
 

Both of these items are hand-crafted and can be found in the Knotty Origami Etsy Store!  

 
 

A Box of La Cookie Company Hojarasca Cookies

 
 

These cookies are so delicate, flaky, and sweet that you could find yourself eating them like popcorn!

They have become a dessert staple in our home.

My family cannot get enough of them….And they make very pretty party treats!

 
 

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 La Cookie Company

And a few other sweet gift items to fill the lovely prize basket that you can read about when you

 
 

ENTER HERE….

 
 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY GIVEAWAY!

 
 

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The Merry Basket Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post giveaway written by me on behalf of Knotty Origami, Vella Naturale, Just Stitch, Susan Hammert of The Pampered Chef, Oma’s Homemade Dogfood, And South Hills Designs By Eliana.  All Opinions Are 100% Mine.  

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Rendy Brel***….Your name was selected as the winner of the Merry Basket Giveaway! Please contact me at crittersandcrayons(at)gmail.com to confirm by Noon (CST) on December 19th, 2013. Thank you to all who entered! Merry Christmas!

Critters And Crayons is excited to announce

 

 

 

The Merry Basket Giveaway!

 

 

 

The Merry Basket features wonderful products from the following businesses!

 

 

One Handmade, Adjustable, Burgundy Celtic Knot Necklace By

Knotty Origami

 

A Three-Piece Variety of Natural Soaps By

Vella Naturale

 

One Handmade Coffee Coozie From

Just Stitch

 

One Package of Gourmet Dog Food And Treats From

Oma’s Homemade Dog Food

 

One Mix ‘n Chunk Tool From Susan Hammert of

Pampered Chef

 

One Mini-Locket And Charm From

South Hill Designs By Eliana Marroquin

 

 

 The Giveaway runs from

 

 

Tuesday, November 26th at Noon (CST)

 

 

until

 

 

Tuesday, December 17th at Noon (CST)!

 

TO ENTER THE FREE GIVEAWAY,

OPEN TO CONTINENTAL U.S. RESIDENTS AGES 18+ 

 

(And To Read The Official Rules And Eligibility Requirements),

 

Go HERE

 

Or Enter Using The Form Below!

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Thanks For Entering!

 

Best Of Luck To You!

 


A Hopping Popping Christmas Literacy Event!

I hope you’ll come out to to see me and my friends at Laredo 8 HEB Plus for a super fun literacy event on November 30th!

I’ll be reading some old Christmas favorites and the kids are going to enjoy some fantastic stomping on the Bubble Wrapped Floor and Christmas Tree Painting With…..

 Bubble-Wrap, of course!

 

 

HEB Plus Critters And Crayons Literacy Event A Hopping Popping Christmas

 

 

SEE YOU THERE!

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Some Beautiful Jewelry {A Give-Away}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kranich’s Jewelers.

 

I have not received any products or services directly in return for this post or the administration of the give-away.   The winner of the sponsored give-away will receive the product directly from Kranich’s Jewelers.

 

All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

 

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I’m thrilled to offer Critters And Crayons readers a chance to win a piece of beautiful jewelry courtesy of Kranich’s Jewelers!

 

You’ll find a lot of beautiful and interesting pieces when you visit!

 

To Enter The Give-Away On

The Critters And Crayons Facebook Page,

Click HERE!

 

To Share The Give-Away, Please Use This Link:

http://bit.ly/XWa0LL

 

The Give-away will run from August 9th (1:00 PM CST) until August 20th (1:00 PM CST)!

 

 

If you win, you will select one piece of jewelry from the following list provided by Kranich’s Jewelers!

 

 

Please allow two to four weeks for delivery and all terms and conditions apply (see the give-away!) 

 

Here are a few photos of some pieces you could win! 

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GOOD LUCK!

 

 

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Laredo Bloggers For Voz De Niños {Campaign & Give-Away}

Local Bloggers For VDN
   

This week,  Critters And Crayons is joining three other Laredo Blogs, Que Fregados, La Sanbe and Dividing By 10,  in an informational campaign to help spread the word about  Voz De Niños!

Between July 9th and July 13th, 2013, you will find resources about the important Voz De Niños mission as well as information about how you can help the many children in need throughout Webb County by checking the participating Laredo blogs!  

 

READ THE POSTS IN OUR BLOGGING SERIES:

 

ENTER THE VOZ DE NINOS GIVE-AWAY!

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS’ INTERVIEW OF VOZ DE NINOS STAFF 

 

LA SANBE’S PROFILE OF VOZ DE NINOS VOLUNTEERS

 

QUE FREGADOS LOOK AT VOZ DE NINOS

 

DIVIDING BY 10’s INTERVIEW WITH STEPHANIE, A VOLUNTEER

 
 
 

What Is Voz De Niños?

 

“Voz de Niños advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system through the training and support of community volunteers.

Voz de Niños is the local Court Appointed Special Advocate program serving the abused and neglected children of Webb County.

Established in 2007, Voz de Niños is the only organization of its type in Webb County because it participates solely in civil matters affecting abused and neglected minors.

Voz de Niños Volunteers are appointed to serve as Guardian ad Litem by the presiding court.”

 

To learn more about the growing need for volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates to abused and neglected children,

I interviewed two Voz De Niños Staff Members:  

 

Alexis Herrera (Voz De Niños’ Volunteer Coordinator) and

Alicia Coronado (Voz De Niños’ Casework Supervisor).

 

The commitment to the challenging mission exhibited by these two ladies is inspirational.

Alexis’ career path is grounded in volunteerism from the time that she started her social work experience as part of the social work program at the University of Texas at Austin where she worked with children and families who faced poverty and home displacement.  She witnessed the value of a proactive and involved community that acquired resources to aid the empowerment of its citizens.

Alicia hails from Chicago and worked with non-profits whose focus were in the areas of child issues, poverty and education before arriving to our City of Laredo.

Both women were drawn to Voz De Niños for the importance of the mission and the opportunity to be a part of the community’s growth and betterment.

 

I was surprised by what Alexis and Alicia had to say about the need in Webb County for volunteers to help children in the foster care system.  

Here are some of the highlights.

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS:    How Many Children Are In The Foster Care System?

 

VOZ DE NINOS:    The number of children in foster care in Webb County in 2012 is at a shocking 705.  

 

That’s 115 more than 2011.  Some studies explain the increase due to the downturn economy and overall poverty; however, there are so many other factors that come into play: drug accessibility with a decrease in treatment services, parent disposition, mental health, etc.

Recruiting volunteers in general is difficult.

Voz De  Niños finds it even more challenging because of what we are asking from volunteers:  to give of their time and energy for a long period of time—cases generally take up to 12 months to resolve.

Moreover, a Voz De Niños volunteer advocate requires engaging in a personal relationship with a child or sibling group to fully understand their needs and voice them to the individuals that hold the authority to fulfill them (judge, CPS workers, foster parents, nurses, doctors, teachers, therapist, counselors, and biological parents).

For Voz De Niños, a qualified volunteer is someone who is both willing and able to give of themselves unconditionally to a child or sibling group and be an active advocate in an adult world where these children have no voice.

Thus, we have not had a drop in volunteers but have a difficult time finding them. We believe they’re out there, and we will continue to diligently search for these individuals who are welcomed to join the Voz De Ninos team!

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS:  How Many Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers Are There?

 

 VOZ DE NINOS:  We have 22 volunteers manning 28 cases.    Within the 28 cases there are 47 children.

 

CRITTERS AND CRAYONS:  Can You Recall A Situation When A CASA Volunteer Made A Difference In A Child’s Life?

 

VOZ DE NINOS:  There were two occasions when our CASA volunteers were the only ones to celebrate a child’s birthday. 

 

…One in particular reminds me that our volunteers can make a difference in just one moment. 

 

A CASA volunteer showed up at the foster home with a birthday present and cake for the CASA child.

 

Upon entering the home and seeing the child, the volunteer exclaimed,

 

Here you go! Happy Birthday! It’s your day!

 

And the child replied with,

 

 IT IS?

I DIDN’T KNOW.”

 

 

Alexis and Alicia want to impress on the community that CASA volunteers make a lasting effect on a child’s life.

As dedicated staff members, they see the fear and frustration in the eyes of the children they are trying to help.

The children do not understand what is happening as they are stripped from the only caregiver(s) they have ever known.

Voz De Niños Staff and Volunteers have seen the hopelessness in youth that lead to poor academic performance, behavioral problems and seeming failures.  But, they have also seen that CASA volunteers make a lasting effect on a child’s life by offering simple encouragement, an interest in the child, or a simple “Happy Birthday”.

 

I encourage everyone to watch

THIS EXCELLENT VOZ DE NINOS VIDEO

on YouTube.  

 

You can hear from CASA Volunteers who have made a direct impact in a child’s life for the better.

At the time it was published, the number of children in the program was under 600 and we have seen that number grow quickly to over 700.

You’ll  see the impact and importance of this community program and the need for people to answer the call to help.

For More Resources

About Voz De Ninos

 

 Voz De Niños Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Find Voz De Niños On

 The Web Facebook, On Twitter, On YouTube

 

Become A CASA

 

Description of Volunteer Duties (Click To Enlarge)

 

Voz De Ninos Qualifications Page 1

 

 

Voz De Ninos Qualifications Page 2

 

 

And Don’t Forget To Enter The  

 

Laredo Bloggers For Voz De Niños

Give-Away!

 

Click The Image Below To Go To

The Give-Away Entry Form!

 

 

Laredo Bloggers For Voz De Ninos Give-Away

 

Many, Many Thanks To The Generous Sponsors Behind The Give-Away!

 

Oishii International Grill

 

Lolita’s Bistro

 

Critters And Crayons

 
 

South Hill Designs By Jessica Eliana Marroquin

 
 

DO YOU THINK YOU CAN ANSWER THE CALL TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED?

 

 
 

PLEASE CONTACT VOZ DE NINOS…..

 
 

 

THEY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

 
 

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