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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Back-to-School Backpack Event!

Threads for Teens will be hosting a backpack drive to help on August 27th, 2011. At this event, seventy-five girls will be given backpacks filled with school supplies that might not have been able to afford them otherwise. There are two ways that you can help.
  1. Sponsor a backpack filled with supplies by donating $20. For $20, Threads for Teens will fill a backpack with your donation.
  2. Fill a backpack with school supplies and donate it directly to Threads for Teens. Here is the list of supplies that will be needed in each backpack:

One backpack

One notebook

One red pen

One pack of blue or black pens

One pencil holder

One pair of scissors

One 12" ruler

One glue stick

Four pencils

One packet of graph paper

One pack of colored pencils (12ct)

One pack of crayons (12 ct)

One binder

One highlighter

One pack of flash cards (100 ct)

One big pink eraser

Several small pencil head erasers

1 pack of #2 pencils (12ct)

2 pocket folders

1 pencil sharpener

If you are interested in helping out by donating $20, you can mail a check to Threads for Teens or you can donate online via PayPal.

or mail a check made out to Threads for Teens
Threads for Teens
ATTN: Allyson Ahlstrom
810 DenBeste Court Windsor, CA 95492

If you would like to help out by directly donating a backpack filled with supplies, that would be be great. You can drop off your backpack at the Threads for Teens location anytime between Monday the 21st and Friday the 26th. Hours being 7:00am-6:30pm. The address is: 810 DenBeste Court, Windsor, CA, 95492. A backpack donation box will be set out front. Please email me if you will be donating a backpack so I can anticipate the drop-off.

If you have any questions, please email me:
Thank you so much for your help!
Here's to this event being a HUGE success.
Allyson Ahlstrom

Monday, August 15, 2011


The other day, on Tuesday the 9th to be exact, I spilled a bottle of water on my computer. How did this happen, you ask? Well, here is the story.

That Tuesday, I was at my shop for an appointment with a lovely young lady who was shopping around. This girl was having a lot of fun and chose all pink items. Anyway, as I was talking to her foster mom, I was drinking water from huge a Smartwater water bottle (obviously this water doesn't make a person smart...). I didn't secure the cap each time I set it down, rather I just left the cap on the top of the bottle. Well as I was talking to the foster mom, BAM! My hand hits the water bottle and it spills all over my computer. I caught the water bottle quickly, but not quick enough. The computer screen turned black. Then, my mom had the brains to turn over the computer in a V position to let water leak out.

After the appointment was over, we rushed to the Apple Store, where I was quickly told that the computer would cost $770 to repair since my computer is out of warranty. UM NO WAY AM I PAYING $770 TO FIX A LAPTOP! So we went to a Mac Repair shop in town to see what they would have to say. Once again, I was quickly told that it would not be worth it to fix the computer. During this time, being the tech-savvy person I am (not really), posted on Facebook what had happened. Within a couple of minutes, my friend Synica commented on my status and told me not to fear because her dad fixes water damaged laptops all the time! YAYY!

On Saturday, my mom and I drove to Antioch where Synica's dad fixed my laptop. Besides that, he added more RAM and upgraded my operating system so thank you so much! I have to say, my computer runs much faster than it did before....maybe water is the cure to a slow computer? Just joking, but in all seriousness, it does run faster.

Allyson Ahlstrom

Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Agents of Change"

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do an interview with the site KooDooZ. KooDooZ is a social networking site for kids that want to make a difference in their communities, countries, and event the world. It honestly is a great tool for when a young person just is starting out in wanting to make a difference. The site is a great tool, and one that I would highly recommend. The interview went great. Thank you for having me Brandi, Dani, and everyone else at KooDooZ!

During the interview, one of the phrases that was used was "agents of change". That really stood out to me, because I believe that if everyone does a little, no one has to do a lot! A lot of people think that it takes so much work and effort to help out, but it really doesn't! I do spend a lot of time on Threads for Teens, but none of it is hard work, it is all fun. This post is going to highlight different resources on how to start your own project.

First of all, KooDooz is an excellent resource to get motivated and have fun. I would highly recommend that you join the site! Who knows, soon you might see a familiar face on there ;)! is another incredible website to network with other young philanthropists and learn many things about running a charity project. I have a project posting for Threads for Teens on DoSomething. By having a project posting, I am able to apply for a grants which is a great resource. There are not many grants out there for young people. DoSomething also has this incredible online "university" that teaches many things about running a charity project. The information is invaluable as it addresses topics like getting corporate donors, marketing, etc. These informational videos and articles are great because the information contained within them is not easily found on the internet. Click HERE to go to DoSomething University.

The book Generation Change by Zach Hunter is the book that helped to motivate me to start my own project. It has many different organizations profiled, with information on how to help those organizations or how to start a project similar to the ones profiled.

Allyson Ahlstrom