Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Primarily Primates

Primarily Primates is a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that operates to house, protect, and rehabilitate various non-native animals. The private refuge currently houses 400 nonhuman animals, 43 chimpanzees and birds and, as the name implies, focuses primarily on caring for apes and monkeys. Many are cast-offs from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions.
 
Join us for board games and fun at Knight Watch Games from 2pm-10pm, bring an item from the wish list and stay to play games all day!
 
WISH LIST:
 
FOOD & TREATS
– Unsalted Nuts
– Canned Fruit – No Sugar!
– Dried Fruits
– Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
– Trail Mixes
– Dry Cereals (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Corn Flakes, Chex)
– Graham Crackers
– Triscuits
– Unsalted Tortilla Chips
– Corn Tortillas
– Peanut Butter
 
PRIMATE ENRICHMENT (used OK)
– “Little Tykes” toys
– Kongs
– Musical Instruments
– Large Plastic Paintbrushes
– Canvas (art)
– Cardstock
– Blankets
– Burlap Sacks
– Athletic Tube Socks
– DVDs/DVD Players
 
OPERATING SUPPLIES
– Small & Large Tarps
– Zip Ties (8″ and 14″)
– Spray Bottles
– Cruelty-free dish soap and laundry detergent
– Used sheets, towels & blankets
– Paper Dixie Cups
 
GIFT CARDS
– Lowes, Home Depot, HEB, Tractor Supply
Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Primarily Primates2018-06-08T07:52:29-06:00

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Primarily Primates

Primarily Primates is a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas that operates to house, protect, and rehabilitate various non-native animals. The private refuge currently houses 400 nonhuman animals, 43 chimpanzees and birds and, as the name implies, focuses primarily on caring for apes and monkeys. Many are cast-offs from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions.
 
Join us for board games and fun at the Geekdom Event Centre from 7pm to midnight, bring an item from the wish list and stay to play games all night!
 
WISH LIST:
 
FOOD & TREATS
– Unsalted Nuts
– Canned Fruit – No Sugar!
– Dried Fruits
– Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
– Trail Mixes
– Dry Cereals (Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, Corn Flakes, Chex)
– Graham Crackers
– Triscuits
– Unsalted Tortilla Chips
– Corn Tortillas
– Peanut Butter
 
PRIMATE ENRICHMENT (used OK)
– “Little Tykes” toys
– Kongs
– Musical Instruments
– Large Plastic Paintbrushes
– Canvas (art)
– Cardstock
– Blankets
– Burlap Sacks
– Athletic Tube Socks
– DVDs/DVD Players
 
OPERATING SUPPLIES
– Small & Large Tarps
– Zip Ties (8″ and 14″)
– Spray Bottles
– Cruelty-free dish soap and laundry detergent
– Used sheets, towels & blankets
– Paper Dixie Cups
 
GIFT CARDS
– Lowes, Home Depot, HEB, Tractor Supply
Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Primarily Primates2018-06-08T07:49:32-06:00

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society

May’s partner organization is the Texas Burn Survivor Society. We will be gathering items for the 23rd annual Camp David, a week-long camp for more than 65 pediatric burn survivors, their siblings, and also the children of adult burn survivors. Campers experience a week of adventure, discovery and fun, designed specifically for children ages 7 to 16. Camp David is unique among burn camps because it also includes siblings and children of burn survivors, whose lives are also severely impacted by burn injury. This amazing camp is made available to the children free of charge!

Wish List:
Snack Items (granola bars, sugar free mints/gum, etc.)
Beanie Babies or Similar Small Stuffed Animals
Small Puzzle Toys
Small Journals or Notepads
Decals and Stickers
Friendship Bracelets

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society2018-05-09T09:51:15-06:00

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society

May’s partner organization is the Texas Burn Survivor Society. We will be gathering items for the 23rd annual Camp David, a week-long camp for more than 65 pediatric burn survivors, their siblings, and also the children of adult burn survivors. Campers experience a week of adventure, discovery and fun, designed specifically for children ages 7 to 16. Camp David is unique among burn camps because it also includes siblings and children of burn survivors, whose lives are also severely impacted by burn injury. This amazing camp is made available to the children free of charge!

IMPORTANT LOCATION NOTE: We will be in the Geekdom office building (entrance on Houston) this month due to a conflict in the Event Centre. We will have someone available at the door until 7:30pm – you may message here or text Stephanie to get someone to come down and let you in after that time!

Wish List:
Snack Items (granola bars, sugar free mints/gum, etc.)
Beanie Babies or Similar Small Stuffed Animals
Small Puzzle Toys
Small Journals or Notepads
Decals and Stickers
Friendship Bracelets

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Texas Burn Survivor Society2018-05-09T09:23:59-06:00

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Book Buddies

Join us from 2pm-10pm for a full day of board gaming in support of Book Buddies. Nerd Night is holding a book drive to collect books for this year’s fairs. We will have Knight Watch’s library at our disposal, or bring your own games to play while you make new gaming buddies. Bring a book to donate, stay and play games all day!

Book Idea List HERE. You can donate any kids book appropriate for K-5th Grade: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1WZZHJYQ11YRJ?&sort=price-asc

(Hint: Shop at smile.amazon.com and select San Antonio Nerd Night as your charity! We receive a tiny donation at no cost to you with every purchase.)

Book Buddies is an initiative of San Antonio Youth Literacy. Book Buddies collects books suitable for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and distributes them at the end of the school year in free book fairs at their Reading Buddy Schools.

At these book fairs, children choose books to take home to read over the summer, which helps prevent the “summer slide” — a regression in learning over summer vacation when they are not being actively taught. Studies also show that children who grow up in homes without books, and who are not read to as children, are far more likely to fall behind in school, fail to complete high school, and suffer the unfortunate outcomes associated with failure: drug use, criminal behavior, early pregnancy, etc.

San Antonio Youth Literacy developed Book Buddies as an offshoot of their Reading Buddy program, which exists in San Antonio Title 1 schools where at least 75% of the families are below the poverty line. Children at these schools attend the free book fairs at the end of the school year and take the books home and keep them as their own. They can read them over the summer, share them with family and friends, or even their parents. In many cases these donated books are the only books in the home. An added benefit is that children in more advantaged homes learn to share their no longer needed books with another child. Everybody wins!

Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games Benefiting Book Buddies2018-04-03T07:54:36-06:00

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Book Buddies

Join us on April 13th from 7pm-midnight for a night of board gaming in support of Book Buddies. Nerd Night is holding a book drive to collect books for this year’s fairs. Bring your new or gently used children’s books to the Geekdom Event Centre. We will have our game library to share or bring your own games to play while you make new gaming buddies.

Book Idea List HERE: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1WZZHJYQ11YRJ?&sort=price-asc

Book Buddies is an initiative of San Antonio Youth Literacy. Book Buddies collects books suitable for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and distributes them at the end of the school year in free book fairs at their Reading Buddy Schools.

Children choose books to take home to read over the summer, which helps prevent the “summer slide” — a regression in learning over summer vacation when they are not being actively taught. Studies also show that children who grow up in homes without books, and who are not read to as children, are far more likely to fall behind in school, fail to complete high school, and suffer the unfortunate outcomes associated with failure: drug use, criminal behavior, early pregnancy, etc.

San Antonio Youth Literacy developed Book Buddies as an offshoot of their Reading Buddy program, which exists in San Antonio Title 1 schools where at least 75% of the families are below the poverty line. Children at these schools attend the free book fairs at the end of the school year and take the books home and keep them as their own. They can read them over the summer, share them with family and friends, or even their parents. In many cases these donated books are the only books in the home. An added benefit is that children in more advantaged homes learn to share their no longer needed books with another child. Everybody wins!

Nerd Night @ Geekdom Benefiting Book Buddies2018-04-03T07:43:03-06:00

January Nerd Night at Knight Watch Games benefiting Alpha Home

Join us at Knight Watch Games for all-day board gaming to support Alpha Home.

For 50 years, Alpha Home has been committed to treatment of the whole person—not just the addiction— by caring, qualified professionals. By incorporating their core values of spirituality, integrity, discipline, dedication and productivity into their treatment approach, they focus on the whole person and give those they serve the best tools for responsible, long-term sobriety.

Alpha Home has the only San Antonio gender-specific Residential Rehab Program dedicated exclusively to treating women.

Wish List

New or gently used women’s coats and sweaters

Women’s undergarments (new only):
• Bras
• Underwear
• Socks
• Pajamas

Toiletries (new only):
• Toothbrushes
• 15 oz. bottles of shampoo and conditioner
• Wash cloths
• Full size tubes of toothpaste
• Regular size bars of soap
• Makeup
• Hotel/travel size toiletries

Tools and equipment (new only):
• Hedge trimmer
• Power washer
• Nail gun
• Air compressor
• Circular saw
• Reciprocating saw

Other needs (new only):
• Bath towels
• Twin sheet sets
• Standard size pillows
• Stationery
• Plain envelopes
• Blank note cards
• Journals
• New or used Alcoholics Anonymous books
• New or used Narcotics Anonymous books
• Vacuums (4)
• Towels
• Patio Furniture
• Bath rugs
• Indoor plants
• Area rugs for living rooms
• Small refrigerator
• Hard plastic/ceramic (plates, bowls, cups)

Alpha Home cannot accept:
• Party dresses
• Flip flops
• Short shorts
• Baby items of any kind
• Used electronics

January Nerd Night at Knight Watch Games benefiting Alpha Home2018-01-19T08:57:24-06:00

September Nerd Night @ Knight Watch

The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is the sole provider of ongoing, youth-focused grief support for families in San Antonio and South Texas. Most services are provided free of charge. Programs at the Center are designed to help children and families process the psychological and emotional challenges of death and loss in a safe and nurturing environment. CBCST helped over 1500 children and adult caregivers in 2015.

Join us at our September Nerd Nights as we gather items to support the Center in its mission to foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community.

Items Needed:

Art supplies:
Washable Markers
Washable Acrylic Paint (Pink, Red, Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Purple, etc.)
Paint brushes/foam brushes
Glue
8×10 Blank Canvas
Scissors
Scrapbooking items
Sidewalk chalk
Fabric paint
Paint markers

Other materials:
Individual sized fruit-flavored snacks
Individually packaged snacks (Cheese-Its, Ritz Bits, Graham Crackers, gold fish, etc.)
Granola bars
Facial tissues
Clorox wipes
Hand sanitizer
Glow sticks/glow in the dark necklaces, etc.
Flashlights
AA/AAA batteries
Funky duct tape

Gift Cards:
Office Depot/Office Max
Michael’s Arts and Craft Store
Hobby Lobby
H.E.B.
Walmart
Target
Lowe’s/Home Depot
Amazon.com

Birthday gifts:
New items for children 3-18 years of age

Teddy Bears:
NEW bears in brown, black or white

Every child that receives services from CBCST goes home with a teddy bear as a reminder that they are not alone.

Food/Drink: Bring your own, or we can order something as a group if there is interest.

September Nerd Night @ Knight Watch2017-09-15T10:16:48-06:00

The Big Give 2017

May the Fourth Be With You!

The Big Give S.A. is all day today, May 4. For those who may not be familiar, The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour day of giving. It’s organized by the Texas Nonprofit Council and the San Antonio Area Foundation, with the support of the New Braunfels Community Center and the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.

Since 2014, 101,000 donors have given nearly $11 million dollars to over 1,600 nonprofits through the Big Give-making it one of the most successful giving days in the country.

You may remember that last year was challenging — After a series of technical failures, the national Give Local America site went down, and donors across the country had difficulty giving to the nonprofits of their choice. Our community still rallied to raise $4.3 million for 1,055 nonprofits in 2016! You are resilient and generous!

All the nonprofits we have helped in this past year or will help later this year are fundraising extra-hard today! Many are participating in special events all day. Here are their Big Give links. If a particular organization over the last year was special to you, or if one of our upcoming nonprofit partners has a special place in your heart, please give and GIVE BIG!

Elf Louise

San Antonio Food Bank

Family Violence Prevention Services

SAMMinistries

Animal Defense League

San Antonio AIDS Foundation

San Antonio Youth Literacy

Texas Burn Survivor Society

The Rape Crisis Center

Texas Diaper Bank

Alpha Home

Merced Housing Texas

SNIPSA

 

The Big Give 20172017-05-04T10:04:59-06:00

March Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games

This month we are collecting items for the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter. This facility, run by Family Violence Prevention Services, gives every person seeking help and shelter a safe haven. They run a 24-hour crisis hotline, offer case management, a children’s program, counseling, emergency food and clothing (more on that in a moment), legal advocacy and referral, medical and dental care, parent education, workshops and support groups, and a lot of educational services that help women and their children become self-sufficient.

The shelter is in need of a number of personal and household items that are accepted in new or gently-used condition. I’ll post a complete list in the charity profile later this week, but here are some highlights. All of these things will be collected at Nerd Night on January 8th. If you have a large item or need to donate at another time, give the donation center a call at (210) 733-3536 and Mari will make arrangements.

Baby Items

8-oz. Baby Bottles
Bottle Brushes
Baby Shampoo & Lotion
Diapers: Large sizes, 4, 5 & 6
Pull-ups: Large sizes
Baby Wipes

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Personal Hygiene

Hand Gel/Soap (full size)
Bat Gel/Soap (full size)
Shampoo & Conditioner (full size)
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Deodorant
Hair Brushes & Combs
African-American Hair Products

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Linens & Bath

Full/Twin Sheets – White only
Blankets & Comforters – White only
Towels & Washcloths
Shower Curtains
Pillows

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Clothing & Shoes

New children’s underwear (all sizes)
New women’s underwear (Size 6+)
Pajamas
Bras
Socks
House Slippers
School Uniforms (sizes 4-20)

March Nerd Night @ Knight Watch Games2017-03-23T04:24:53-06:00
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