Counting down to Christmas and volunteering with Tulsa Pop! Kids
71 days till Christmas? It can’t be. Rocklahoma came so late in the year that once it passed, Tulsa State Fair came quickly, and now it’s over and Halloween is only 2 weeks away. Thanksgiving is about a month, and so on, just wow. This has been a terrible year for me because of losing my job. However, as I have said in previous blogs, it’s also been wonderful to spend so much time with my kids and help them navigate through distant learning and the uncertainty of back to in-person classrooms. Luckily, both my kids have no qualms about wearing their masks. In fact, they seem to like it. Regardless, I am finally getting back to work (more on that in subsequent blogs), so I’m sure the time will pass even faster now. 71 days till Christmas? Good, it’ll be a much better one this year!
Tulsa Pop Kids is the nonprofit I have chosen to partner with this week. They are so much fun to “work” with, so I’ll focus on them for my blog this week. I encourage you to help them also. You can come with me and my kids tomorrow, roll up your sleeves and volunteer some hours.
Always Be Batman
16 days till Halloween. How cool must it be to be a cosplayer with Tulsa Pop Kids? You’d always have the best costume on the block. The mission for Tulsa Pop Kids is: “To advance literacy and education through pop culture and entertainment.” And wow, do they mean it!
If you would like them to enhance your next fundraiser or literacy event, they can bring a 12-foot-tall “Hulkbuster” statue, which is basically Iron Man on steroids. Oh, and they have Iron Man, too, and a giant monster truck version of Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine, and a 13-foot-long Toothless statue from the How to Train Your Dragon movies. It’s so big and sturdy they allow kids to climb aboard and pretend they are flying! What an incredible photo-op for your social media pages.
Here is their website to learn more about it: www.TulsaPopKids.org
That is just one way they raise money to continue their mission to help kids learn and love reading.
Another way is to be a sponsor and donate cash. I donated $25 this week. Some of their other sponsors are American Waste Control Inc, Premiere Edge Resources, and Chick-fil-A. You can also volunteer your muscles and willingness to help. My kids and I have volunteered numerous times and it’s always fun. Some of the things we have done are organize comic books to be given away, paint the outside of one of their buildings, cleaned up the yard full of leaves and debris from the grounds, and collected branches and old unused wood for a huge bonfire! It was fun, and the volunteers got free Chick-fil-A when we were done!
We will be there volunteering again from 9:00 am to noon on Saturday. AND another fun thing they have tomorrow is the “Tankano Trading Post.” Every 3rd Saturday of the month they allow kids to trade things for fun prizes. This is from their website:
1) EARN POINTS BY READING. BRING US YOUR READING LOG OR A VIDEO REPORT OF A BOOK YOU’VE READ AND GET REWARDED WITH POINTS THAT YOU CAN EXCHANGE FOR SOME AMAZING PRIZES,
2) SCAVENGE… JUST LIKE THE JAWAS. GATHER SOME FUN POP CULTURE THINGS AND COME TO THE TRADING POST TO MAKE A TRADE.
ANYONE 14 YEARS OLD AND UNDER THAT COMES IN CAN GET ONE FREE COMIC BOOK, JUST FOR COMING IN!