It was the start of a busy morning when my son and I arrived at the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club of America. I was there partnering with Post Pebbles to help capture the joy & creativity that they brought to the community of Greater Dallas. This post and my opinions are my own.
In an effort to inspire creativity, Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles cereal partnered with local artist, Daniel Yanez and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas to paint a colorful mural on the outside wall of the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club. Post Pebbles announced that if the mural was completed within 24 hrs, they would double their original donation, and gift a total of $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Kids from both clubs were there to lend a hand along with members of the community. Did they do it? Did they get the mural painted on time…read on my friends!
The day went something like this.
The event started at 10am with the first group of kids (youngest to oldest) in groups of 4 or 5 lining up for their turn to help paint the mural that artist, Daniel Yanez had started earlier. The team had until 1pm that day to get the mural finished in order for Post Pebbles to double their donation amount. Being excited myself because they allowed my son to help. I wasn’t going to bring him out with me but circumstances arose and he had to come with me. As a matter of fact, the Pebbles girls treated my son just like one of the members from the community. He was a happy boy!!
Every time a new group of kids lined up to get their turn to paint I noticed how happy and excited they were to be able to contribute to the painting of the mural that will last forever on the wall on the Oak Cliff Club, It made me wonder how I could be getting paid to cover such a wonderful cause. I felt so grateful to be there. These kids will be able to drive by that building and show their friends and family that they helped paint that wall. What a blessing.
There were “Pebbles” inspired activities and games to play throughout the day. Some yummy Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles snacks were served as well as a special treat (more below), making hand prints on a banner, getting selfies taken, as well as music from the Kidd Kraddick’s radio show, and more fun stuff for the kids to do.
It wouldn’t be a fun event without a cute backdrop for photos. I have to say Post Pebbles had some cute props. That’s me and my son.
There were several TV Stations conducting interviews with Daniel Yanez, and as many kids as they could. The kids thought this was fun and really showed their personality as the person behind the camera asked them questions. Hopefully, some of you saw it on TV on Channel 33 and I believe Channel 23.
I spotted this little girl running into the gym with a huge smile on her face and a fresh coat of green paint on her hands. This photo captured her excitement, don’t you think? I also saw paint on many places other than the mural – seriously paint was every where…on clothes, body parts, the grass of course…and even hand prints on teacher’s t-shirts. Later that day I saw a young teenager that had painted her face! Every child there had so much fun…you could just tell.
Even though this big guy was the “guardian of the donuts” and wouldn’t let my son have seconds until every kid had their first, (all in fun) he made friends with my son later in the day in more ways than one. I’m glad I captured these photos of them talking and eating donuts together. Oh, and speaking of donuts…
It wouldn’t be a Post Pebbles event without donuts sprinkled with Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles Cereal, and Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles (rice crispy) treats!! These delicious snacks were the bomb! I love what this sign says too. Being a native Texas, and a huge fan of Dallas, it meant a lot to me that a huge company like Post Pebbles Cereal came to Dallas to show that they care about our town.
Here’s the finished mural. Didn’t Daniel Yanez and the kids do a fabulous job? Pretty cool, uh? They finished on time with time to spare. Everyone was happy and the outcome was magnificent.
The day ended with a few high fives and a donation of $10,000 to both Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas from Post Pebbles Cereal. That’s a lot of money and I know it will be put to good use.
Again, I’m so glad they chose the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dallas, Texas to come to. It was a joy to be a part of this event. If you would like to see the mural in person the address is: Oak Cliff Boys and Girls Club, 2907 Linfield Road, Dallas, TX 75216.