We've done a horrible job of keeping things updated, but there is lots to say! Remember that old post back in February of 2012 about a Chili Cook-Off? Well, I met a guy there... fast forward 2 years, we got married... 2 years after that, we've added a little a guy to the mix! What started as my little "Change the World" project, quite literally changed my world! ... and all for the better!

The monthly change donations have continued and have helped to support great causes like: University High School, Tyler's Dam That Cancer and The Flatwater Foundation, CASA of Travis County, The Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive, Caritas, Manos De Cristo, Texas THON, Texas Advocacy Project, Teen and Family Services and so many more!

We look forward to continuing this "sweet" act of service, and hope it brings awareness to various groups doing good things for our community! Oh, and we'll try to be better about updating and letting y'all know where the change is going each month. If you have any suggestions, shoot us an email snobeachatx@gmail.com.

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For our next "Change the World" project we decided to go global. We teamed up with Austin Tennis Academy and the Tri4Glimmer campaign, to benefit Austin's own Glimmer of Hope Foundation. A Glimmer of Hope helps to lift the women and children of rural Ethiopia out of extreme poverty by providing clean water, schools, health clinics, and micro-financing loans.

The kids from ATA are some of our most loyal customers, stopping by after tennis practice on a weekly basis, so we were ecstatic to team up and help contributed to something near and dear to their hearts.

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As sno-cone season fast approaches, the "Change the World" Project is gearing up for another season of giving. We're always looking for places and events to participate it, so if you have any suggestions please let us know. Just leave a comment or email us at snobeachatx@gmail.com

Heidi Klum says, "if you want to change the world, change yourself," we say, "Just pay for your sno-cone in change!"

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On September 4, 2011 wildfires spread across Bastrop County and Steiner Ranch, eventually destroying more than 1,600 homes, killing 2 people, and inflicting and estimated $325 million of insured property damage. The fires raged for over a month and were not officially declared contained until October 10th. During this month smoke filled the air around Austin, the surrounding communities worked together to provide relief and volunteer fire fighters raced to the scene to help.

When one of our employees, who was a member of her high school student council, came to work and shared her experience of collecting and delivering over $7,000 in money and gift cards to Bastrop High School students, we just knew we had to jump on that. Thanks to her help, Sno-Beach adopted Bastrop High School as our October "Change the World" recipient.

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In September we were asked to participate in the Susan G. Komen Austin Affiliate's Dine Out for the Cure. On September 8, 2011 we partnered up with 14 other Central Texas restaurants to donate a portion of our food sales to provide FREE breast cancer screening, treatment and education programs in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties.

Since Thursday nights during the school year aren't our peak times, we decided we could give a little more. Why not adopt the Komen Austin Affiliate as this months charity? Being the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, this was a no brainer.

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After a few months, word got out and "Change the World" was starting to pick up. We now had customers buying two sno-cones, one with a bag full of change and one with dollar bills, shoot, we even had customers dropping off a handful of change just to add to our monthly pot. (Do we have the best customers or what?) So, when one customer asked that we donated to SAFE, we did some research and decided... of course!

SAFE provides safety, helps victims heal, promotes safe and healthy relationships, and works with others to create change in order to help individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence.

SAFE was our August recipient of "Change the World".

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Back in June Kay Marley-Dilworth of @ATXFoodnews decided that for her 44th birthday "instead of being the guest of honor at a swanky dinner party [she] would like to use the next 19 days to raise funds to cover 190 meals for clients at Meals on Wheels and More." We saw her tweet, and we were inspired.

Thanks to YOUR change, Sno-Beach alone donated over 200 meals to people in our community through Meals on Wheels and More!

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One of the trailers is off getting a new paint job, and we've been busy getting ready for our next Change The World Project. We're happy to announce that not only with the Young Texans Against Cancer Austin chapter (a start-up nonprofit that raises funds to support cancer research through the state of Texas) that be the recipient of our March change donation, but we've been perfecting our Chili cooking skills!

We've recruited one of our own (TheStartUpChef), a culinary school graduate and cook extraordinaire, to help us bring this beauty back to the trailer.

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I'm a little biased, but the "Change the World" contribution for the month of June may have been my favorite. Actually, I know it has been my favorite.

After driving by The Helping Hand Home on my way to work day in and day out and doing a little research, I decided it was time to get involved. For the past 2 years I have been a bedtime reader for the children there, and the amount of joy I have experienced can not be put in to words. This organization was a big part in why I started this project, so I was elated to make them one of our "Change the World" recipients.

One June afternoon I walked in to the front office of The Helping Hand Home for Children and dropped off a check for all of the change our customers paid with from the month of May. Together, we were able to send the children to Schlitterbahn for the afternoon! What better way to kick of the summer than spending a day at "The Hottest, Coolest, Time in Texas"? Everyone who's grown up in Central Texas knows a...

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Fundraising for Japan

On March 11, 2011 the northeast Japan was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami resulting in the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. The disaster left up to 23,000 dead or missing. Later that month our neighbor, the owner of Sushi-A-Go-Go, decided to organize a fundraiser to benefit Ashinaga, an organization that provides educational and emotional support for orphans worldwide.

The benefit took place April 30, and the timing was perfect for the first "Change the World" project. There were Henna tattoos, balloon art, a Japanese movie projected on the back of one of the trailers, and plenty of live music. Overall the fundraiser was a success. It was fun to see all the families and Austinites out enjoying the beautiful weather and to experience first hand how a small...

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