Downward Donkey on the Farm on North Texas Giving Day

Surrounded by fresh air and the sounds of clucking chickens, bleating sheep and braying donkeys, participants in the Heritage Farmstead Museum’s free Farmstead Yoga event will get the chance to stretch body and wallet on North Texas Giving Day.

From 6 to 8 p.m. September 20, Farmstead Yoga will see Toni Farris, former Yoga Tree Plano owner, lead yoga poses for guests of all ages, from beginner to expert. The event will take place on the farm’s north meadow, where livestock will roam freely. Guests will also enjoy wagon rides and live music; snap photos on the 1929 Model T or John Deere tractor; purchase food, and browse more than 20 local nonprofit booths to make donations and enter to win prizes.

“This event is ewe-nique,” said Kathy Strobel, director of marketing and development at Heritage Farmstead Museum. “Farmstead Yoga offers North Texans an opportunity to rally around their community in much the same fashion as an old-time barn raising. We are bringing our neighbors together to support the largest community giving day in the nation with a free event that encourages them to be contemplative in thought as they consider giving to a cause that makes our neighborhood better.”

North Texas Giving Day at Heritage Farmstead Museum // photos by Debi Adams
North Texas Giving Day at Heritage Farmstead Museum // photos by Debi Adams

Farmstead Yoga is also hosted by the Junior League of Collin County. It’s part of the Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, a one-day public giving event which has raised $195 million for nearly 3,000 local nonprofits since its founding in 2009. Last year alone, $39 million was raised through more than 137,000 gifts. In honor of Giving Day’s 10th anniversary, former First Lady Laura Bush is serving this year as the event’s first honorary chair.

Donation dollars go farther on North Texas Giving Day, as many of the participating nonprofits match donations one-for-one; every donation up to $10,000 made online between September 10–20 is amplified by bonus funds and prizes.

North Texas Performing Arts is partnering with The Shops at Willow Bend to host a donation station for North Texas Giving Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 15. More than 25 nonprofit organizations from Collin County will set up at The Shops at Willow Bend with activities, games, door prizes and live performances.

Autumn signifies a change in the air. So take this opportunity to help make a change in someone’s life with your donation of time or money – the adorable farm animals are just an added bonus.

Heritage Farmstead Museum volunteers
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The nonprofit organizations appearing at Farmstead Yoga include: Blue Caboose Children’s Fund, Blake’s House, CASA of Collin County, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Streetside Showers, Veterans Center of North Texas, Safe Haven Legacy Foundation, Inc., The Turning Point, Becky’s Hope Horse Rescue, Sisters Taking on the Prevention of Suicides, KidLinks, Canine Companions for Independence, A Small Miracle Foundation, Rover Dramawerks, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Collin County Master Gardeners Association, Texas Cares, Junior League of Collin County, Good Tree Academy, Treasured Vessels Foundation and the North Texas Food Bank.

The nonprofit organizations appearing at The Shops at Willow Bend include: North Texas Performing Arts, Safe Haven, 3 to 1 Foundation, Blue Caboose Children’s Fund, CPSH, Community for Permanent Supported Housing, Chamberlin Performing Arts, Agape Resources, Art Centre of Plano, Dallas Street Dog Advocates, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Good Tree Academy, Gift of Adoption, Casa of Collin County, Assistance League of Collin County, My Possibilities, Mater Filius of Dallas, Plano Civic Chorus, Living for Zachary, Coram Deo Academy, The Storehouse of Collin County, Make-A-Wish North Texas, Visiting Nurse Association, Collaboration for Fresh Produce and Apartment Life.

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