Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits


Go shopping

Doing any home improvement projects? Swing by ReStore at Forest and Marsh, a store run by the Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity. It offers 50-75 percent discounts and donates 100 percent of sales to the Dallas Habitat Mission. You can shop for flooring, lighting, cabinetry, furnishings and other products for the home. ReStore is at 3546 Forest and is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit


Celebrate Mardi Gras in July

Get dressed up, and head to a Mardi Gras/Broadway-themed “festival of merriment.” Mardi GrAutism IV is July 21 at Westin Park Central, 12720 Merit Drive. The event benefits Autism Speaks, an organization that provides resources and increases awareness of Autism. Costumed performances will pay tribute to Broadway productions such as “The Wiz,” “Les Miserables,” and “Phantom of the Opera” as well as one New Orleans act. The event also includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Tickets are $50 for general admission. VIP tickets are $125 and include a pre-function social hour and your pick of seats for the entertainment. For more information, visit


Brighten a sick child’s day

The local Starlight Children’s Foundation has teamed up with Build-a-Bear for the Brighten up Bear program, which provides bears for hospitalized children. Just donate $25 to the program online or pledge to sponsor one or two bears each month. Starlight is a national foundation with local chapters that help children diagnosed with serious illnesses continue to experience the joy of childhood. For more information, visit


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