By Alex Bryant.
My #GivingTuesday story begins as a graphic design student, who was enthusiastic to expand his design portfolio while attending Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. One day while I was browsing on social media, I came across a group of individuals in Greensboro, North Carolina who called themselves, The Greens Team Helping Hands Inc. Their founder, Ashley Benton, created this non-profit organization which accommodates families and homeless individuals every Sunday with meals, proper clothing, and basic toiletries needed on a day-to-day basis.
I was so touched by their inspiring work, I wanted to see how I could do my part to make a difference in their community all the way from Texas. At the time, I could not afford to give a monetary donation, but I knew I could offer my design skills to enhance the organization at no cost. This was the first non-profit that I professionally worked with and to my surprise, Ashley was ecstatic for the opportunity to work with me. After reading and researching her organization, I noticed that the members lacked a uniform for their cause. I decided to create a logo for them so that the organization would gain recognition of their service to the community.
Within a week, an embroidery company in Phoenix, Arizona was inspired by my efforts. They offered to place the logo on t-shirts, hoodies and beanie hats to build credibility and consistency to the organization.
Initially, The Green Team Helping Hands Inc. began caring for 18 individuals on a weekly basis. Now, thanks to the recognition of the organization they now care to over 300 men, women and children. Recently, I re-designed their website as well as created promotional materials for upcoming fundraising events. One of many lessons that I would like other #GivingTuesday supporters and readers to take away is that we are all capable of giving our time and talents to be of service to one another no matter how small the gesture.