Dad-Focused Houston Nonprofit Gives Back: CoolxDad’s Color Box Keeps Him Whimsical

youn this holiday season, you can spread joy and generosity by making a donation to one of Houston’s most unique family-focused nonprofits. CoolxDad’s annual holiday gift drive called the Color Box will run through November 30. The giveaway drive is one of the most impactful community initiatives of this Houston nonprofit.

Through Color Box, CoolxDad has been able to donate over 1,000 toys to children and families in Houston over the past two years.

This year, the gifts will be donated to underprivileged children at Project Row Houses. People are encouraged to donate items (children’s toys, electronics, and new clothing) up to $75 in value. Delivery locations can be found throughout the city. There are 11 of them in all, including at the Houston Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Toyota Center.

The full list is available at CoolxDad’s website. An online option to donate is also available.

The Color Box giveaway campaign is one of CoolxDad's most impactful initiatives.  (Photo by William Isaac)
The Color Box giveaway campaign is one of CoolxDad’s most impactful initiatives. (Photo by William Isaac)

To kick off the holiday gift campaign, CoolxDad hosted an exclusive event at the Art Is Bond gallery in Montrose. Chef Monica Pope served appetizers including bruschetta, mushroom meatballs and vegan burgers. Musician The Biggest Brandon and his band provided live tunes.

Five parents from the Project Row Houses community competed to participate in a 30-day internship at select Color Box sites, where they will gain work experience in hospitality, art businesses, programming and entrepreneurship. The recipients of the internships were revealed at the launch event. Curtis Ricks will work at Mo’Better Brews with chef Courtney Lindsey and Derrick Wyble will intern at Kindred Stories bookstore with Terri Hamm.

CoolxDad members gathered at the Color Box launch event.  (Photo by William Isaac)
CoolxDad members gathered at the Color Box launch event. (Photo by William Isaac)

A week after Color Box’s start, CoolxDad also hosted a fundraiser with Ellio Fine Art in the Fourth Ward along with a one-year anniversary celebration for the art gallery. The festivities included a preview of Ellio’s new group exhibit, live music, catering by chef Karrie Calloway and Clarkwood’s craft cocktails. Ten percent of the proceeds from Ellio’s show will be donated to CoolxDad initiatives through this Saturday, November 26. Ellio is also one of the participating drop-off sites for the Color Box Gift Drive.

Karrie Calloway, Kevin Barnett, Jordan Lee Harris, Rontaye Butler at Ellio Fine Art. (Photo by William Isaac)
Karrie Calloway, Kevin Barnett, Jordan Lee Harris, Rontaye Butler at Ellio Fine Art. (Photo by William Isaac)

CoolxDad is also hosting his #fromustoyou holiday portrait session at Sanman Studio (1109 Providence Street) this Sunday, November 27 from noon to 4pm. book a place here.

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