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October Update:

Every month we are humbled by those who come out to help us encourage the girls at BokenKamp!

The girls truly enjoyed decorating their masquerade masks just in time for Halloween Fun!

Just look at some of the amazing talent!

Join us next month as we will be making fleece blankets!

September Update:

Look at all the beautiful women who showed up for Chicktime September to make sure the girls at BokenKamp Children’s Home are loved!

We decorated crosses …..Just look how beautiful!

The Cross Before Me, led by Ms. Lyn!!

#humbled!!

August Update:

Another great day at BokenKamp Children’s Home this morning. The girls decorated journals with their awesome talents! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help the girls have a great time. The Lord truly works through you to shine a light upon these beautiful girls. A HUGE THANK YOU to H-E-B for providing all the snacks and drinks!

The girls decorated journals with their awesome talents!

A HUGE THANK YOU to H-E-B for providing all the snacks and drinks!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help the girls have a great time. The Lord truly works through you to shine a light upon these beautiful girls.

July Update:

 A wonderful thank you to all our volunteers who make it truly special for the girls.

The girls had such a lovely time making flip flops and hair clips out of water balloons!

Also, we can’t thank H-E-B enough for supplying drinks and snacks! We appreciate you so much #HEB

We hope to see you next month!

June Update:

Such a blessing to spend time with the girls at BokenKamp Children’s Home again today.

Smiles were bright as they showed their love in choosing and making their prayer stones and decorating their tins and boxes.

A huge thank you to H-E-B for supplying the drinks and snacks. We can’t thank all the volunteers enough for coming out and showing the girls that they are loved.

They each also got to take a picture with them as a remembrance of our time with them.

Enjoy their beautiful crafts!

We hope to see YOU a Chicktime July <3

 

May Update:

The girls truly enjoyed today’s Chicktime project.

They each blinged out Sunglasses, crosses and made flower pens too!

A huge thank you to each of the volunteers and H-E-B for the delicious snacks.

Smores, Chips and drinks were a hit!

Feeling blessed with all of these beautiful souls. Enjoy their creative designs ♡.

April Update:

Today’s Chicktine Project at BokenKamp Children’s Home was a blast!

The girls really enjoyed blinging out their brushes and combs. We were truly blessed to have such wonderful volunteers come out to support the girls have a good time.

We appreciate you opening your hearts and showing them that they are truly special.

Thank you H-E-B for supplying the drinks and snacks! Take a look at their beautiful work!

 

March Update:

Today the girls at BokenKamp Children’s Home made Snapchat Floral Headbands and had a blast making them.

They felt like the Queens that they are in their beautiful headbands…who needs Snapchat when you can have your very own crown!


A big thanks to H-E-B for supplying the snacks and drinks. The girls at BokenKamp truly enjoy us Chicktime gals coming out every month.

 

February Update:

We had such a great turnout at Bokenkamp this month!

So many new and returning beautiful faces showed up to remind the girls they are very much loved!

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Thank you to all the volunteers for coming out and donating your time and money towards today’s project, and a huge thank you to HEB for sponsoring our snack table!

 

 

January Update:

The girls at BokenKamp Children’s Home decorated journals and had a great time!

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to support us today.

Also, a huge shout out to HEB for supplying snacks for the girls.

 

December Update:

Merry Christmas from all us CHICKTIME Volunteers!

The girls at BokenKamp Children’s Home had a wonderful time at the Christmas party.

They each decorated stockings, received gifts and played games for prizes. So much fun and we feel humbled after seeing their happy faces and big smiles.

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Blessings to all of our volunteers who helped make this all possible….. ♡♡♡♡

 

 

October Update:

Thank you to everyone who attended Chicktime October @ Bokencamp!!

We had cosmetology students join us and everyone received manicures and beautifully painted nails to show off their bracelets they made.


We would like to give a special shout out to H-E-B for the spooktacular goodies!

We slso proudly presented the Children’s home with the completed mural that the girls helped decorate last month. A huge Thank you to Ms. Sylvia Menchaca for sewing the entire display!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the girls feel special. We can’t wait to see you all in November!

 

September Update:

We had a great time at BokenKamp Children’s Home today! The girls colored a piece of muslin fabric that will be ironed on to a homemade quilt, donated and made by one of our volunteers.

We will present the quilt to Bokenkamp as a thank you to the facility for allowing Chicktime to be a part of the girl’s lives! The girls have made such a meaningful impact on our lives and Chicktime CC volunteers are so grateful!

The Unity Quilt being presented will represent and remind the girls that the friendships (stitches) that tie them together, makes them stronger! And together, we can shape the world into something truly beautiful!Take a look at all their colorful designs that will be proudly displayed in their living room area.

The girls also made floral head bands after they completed their quilt project.

I’d like to take a moment to thank all the volunteers for coming out. And big thank you Mrs. Sylvia Menchaca for making the quilt and leading this month’s project.

You all rock!

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This month, our focus was on summer fashion! Irene Menchaca led the first project in decorating flip flops and the girls absolutely loved them! And to to top it off, Mrs. Garcia from the Del Mar Cosmetology program, responded to our letter and agreed to bring out her students to give the girls pedicures! Talk about a fun and relaxing Saturday!  We would like to give a big thank you to the project leaders and to all those who donated their time and/or supplies, making this event a success! Y’all rock!

-Amanda E. Ybarra (Chicktime CC Co-Leader)
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June 2016
 
This month we bling-ed out brushes! They are almost as fabulous as the girls are! Be sure to check out more photos on our Facebook page, @ChicktimeCC!
 
 
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May 2016
 
April 2016
The girls had so much fun making flower headbands and clips. They looked gorgeous!
 
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March 2016
The girls decorated Easter baskets and received small gifts from the volunteers, such as, socks, combs, lip gloss, hair accessories, and so much more! Thank you to everyone that made this event an awesome one! 
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February 2016
Rosaura Salinas lead the project this month. The girls decorated wooden hearts for the month of February. We would like to give a big thank you to Rosaura for bringing such a great idea to the table and a big thank you to Diana’s husband, Mike Martinez, for doing the wood working and hand making the hearts for us. 
 
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January 2016
We made a Facebook page! Be sure to like us! @ChicktimeCC
(This picture is from a past project. The girls decorated the  all the crosses and they were stunning! One of my favorites so far! A big thank you to Mike Martinez (Diana Martinez’s husband) for doing the wood working and making the crosses for us! -Amanda E. Ybarra  
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We had a wonderful time this January with the girls and thank everyone who faithfully serves alongside these treasured young ladies!
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Chicktime Corpus Christi is here for YOU! Everyone who has a tender heart wants to help others and we make it easy. Just make plans to attend one of our events (let us know you are coming) and we will serve alongside you in sisterhood. Don’t just be sad about all of the negativity, the abuse, the sadness in our world. Do something about it… attend Chicktime and make a difference NOW in the life of a child.
 
May 2015
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February 2015
 
Cold and rainy weather is a good reason to snuggle up with a good book!
so we packed up our scrapbook supplies and let the girls create their very own beautiful journals.
One of our favorite parts of doing Chicktime at Bokenkamp, is seeing the joy it brings the girls to create their own personal masterpieces every month! 
 
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The girls at Bokenkamp love anything that let’s them express their personality.Because of this, we love activities that allow them to create their own accessories.so, for our fall project we taught the girls how to “arm knit”  an infinity scarf.Because the instructions were muddled in translation,the project looked more like a bunch of kittens playing with balls of yarn.Once we got past the frustration we were able to laugh at ourselves.lesson learned: not every project will go according to plan!

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What we have been up to lately….. We had a DREAM BOARD day… the girls tore pix out of magazines and dreamed about their futures and went to work. We had a luau day where the girls made their own personal leis. The latest Chicktime, the girls made personalized bead necklaces and painted small canvases. The girls always inspire us.

 

 March 2014
 Spring is in the air! The weather may still have a chill, but flowers were in full bloom at Bokenkamp this March.
This month’s activity was one of the girl’s favorites – making hair accessories.
They mixed and matched flower  petals in creative combinations to adorn themselves in bejeweled masterpieces.
They also learned how to create large hair bows in a variety of styles.
The unique no-sew method was a hit with the girls, who sported their new hair ornaments on braids and ponytails along
with a couple of new hairstyle ideas taught by new Chick Dana.
The event’s highlight was when one of the girls was so delighted with her finished bow
that she actually jumped up and down with joy!
Bringing a little joy is exactly what Chicktime is all about;
and leaving with more joy than we brought is always the result!
 
 
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The girls made beautiful tissue paper flower bouquets to brighten their rooms. Each girl was given tissue paper and pipe cleaners and then their own artistry took over. It was amazing to see what creative ideas each came up with. The girls even blessed the volunteers with some flowers to take home! Marci ended up with a beautiful flower for her hair….February14
 
 
 
 January 2014
 
Our January Chicktime took place a week later due to scheduling conflicts, but we had a fabulous time with several new “Chicks” volunteering!
Trying to bring a little color to the dreary winter weather, we assembled stickers, die-cuts and letters for the girls to create their own trio of wall art. As usual, the talent the girls have to take paper and turn it into beautiful creations amazed us all! It was so inspiring to see how their hearts held memories of loved ones miles away, and took this opportunity to hold them close.
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December 2013 
 
We had our annual Christmas Party! We played the Jingle Bell Jiggle and Oreo Drop game. The day started off with a lot of laughs and squeals as the girls shook their jingle bells! One of the residents got her keyboard out and sang the volunteers a song as a way of saying “Thank You” for our work there. Even though the girls received stockings filled with goodies donated by great ladies of our community, the best part of the day was marked for the volunteers as our DOV asked the girls if anyone wanted to tell us what their favorite project of the year has been and if they wanted to say anything. The language barrier wasn’t a problem and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as the girls began to express their gratitude- relaying their feeling of “joy” and “family” each time we come. One of the girls said that she has never really had family and that Chicktime gives her hope and encouragement. Another said  our ladies make her feel like a “daughter” and that we make them feel special by never treating them “different”. One resident began to tell us that she has a heart to help people like we do and she hopes to come back to Bokenkamp one day and be able to “pay it forward”…. not one DRY EYE in the room. I couldn’t help but want to hug every girl and look into their eyes to let them know how special they are to me. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Lori Rhodes, Chicktime founder, who saw a vision of encouraging women to use their gifts and passions to bring hope to hurting children and who inspires us to keep moving forward.  This day happened because you were obedient to the voice of God. Lori, you are such a blessing to this world!!
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November 2013
 For the November Project, Mrs Carolina coordinated the volunteers and gathered the fleece so that we could help the girls make “no-sew” fleece blankets for the upcoming cold weather. They picked their favorite pattern and went to work cutting and tying knots. Its our hope that when the girls curl up with these blankets they are reminded how much they are loved and they feel a sense of “home” while they are separated from their families temporarily. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this day possible. 
 
 
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Boots, boots & more boots!
In preparation for Bokenkamp and Foster In Texas’ upcoming fundraiser we were able to
have a fun and creative activity for the girls that let them create the focal point of the decorations.
This year’s theme is “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and painted, blinged out boots are going to be the table centerpieces!
What better way to showcase the love and talent that is a result of  “using our gifts to make the world a better place for the next generation”!
We were especially blessed to be joined by the youth from Redeemer Lutheran church in Austin. Word is one young lady has been wishing for a
long time to be able to attend a Chicktime event :-)
The beautiful colors and creative artistry of the girls shone through to create “one of a kind”
art pieces. From a replica of the Mexican flag to floral designs in rhinestones, it was hard to pick a favorite!
We will keep you posted on the upcoming “Change A Life” benefit “Deep in the Heart of Texas”,
so maybe you can come see them all for yourself.
 
 
 
 
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Infectious laughter filled the room as we watched the girls participate in a rousing game of “Noodle Hockey”.  After a little coaxing, we soon had a roomful of volunteers to be on a team of noodle bearing hockey players.
 
Our July Chicktime event was enhanced by including all of the kids at Bokenkamp! We arrived with a vast array of team games & volunteers to encourage boys AND girls to play like they’ve never played before.
After a little modification, we structured our games for indoors because of record breaking temperatures, but that didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of the kids or the volunteers.  Our greatest reward was the friendly, competitive outcries & laughter that inevitibaly resulted from their participation.  The day ended perfectly with pizza for everyone!

May 2013
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With the population of girls at Bokenkamp growing, our Chicktime creativity has been reaching new heights!
In order to successfully interact with the large number of girls and utilize our time most effectively we came up with a new twist on an old favorite.
After dividing the girls into teams each team member was instructed to draw a picture to be acted out during a game of charades.
The artistic ability of the girls blew us away, as usual. As each team acted out another teams’s drawing the competitiveness rose as teams hoped for a chance to steal.
We arrived to one girl in tears, and left with the same girl joined by the other teams in bursts of laughter, this is what makes Chicktime worth every minute!
June’s Chicktime will be huge team challenge with the guys included.
Our date is moving to the last Saturday, June 29th to allow everyone to participate. We hope you can join us!

APRIL.13 PRINCESS FOR A DAY

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For our April project at Bokenkamp, the residents got to be princess for the day. We cut yards and yards of colored tulle and the girls made “No Sew Tutus”. And as usual, the girls were creative and began making tulle bows for their hair as well. Each girl was given a tiara to complete her princess attire and told how she was special and important just like a princess. The girls were all smiles at the end of our time together. Something about wearing a tutu, you can’t help but smile and be happy!! 

Join us for our next bokenkamp fun day… TBA

MARCH .13 NEWS……

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The girls love to make beautiful flowers for their hair!! This month they got creative with daisies and crocheted flowers made by one of the volunteers.  Beauty that matches their insides…

Join us for our next Chicktime event April 20th!!

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Paula led the project for the girls this month, mini paper bag journals.

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January News:
These girls may be temporarily housed in this facility, but each one has a dream….
These birdcages remind each of us that Christ has indeed set us free. And it is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free. As a community we need to use the freedom we have in Christ to minister to these girls and show them how to also live a life totally free in Him. The love we hopefully show these girls in that brief two and a half hours, will help them along their journey to freedom. Just like a caged bird, released to go out and change the world….

Bokenkamp Residents recently performed a Christmas concert for all the volunteers.They worked so hard learning English and sounded so beautiful.   They sang songs from their native countries as well as American traditional melodies such as “”Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. They reminded us that Jesus is the reason we celebrate this season. I am so thankful to be a small part of their lives as they enrich mine.

DECEMBER NEWS

JINGLE BELLS….
We hard a great time at our annual Christmas Party for the girls at Bokenkamp!  We snacked on cookies and punch. And Carolina did a fantastic job providing the game line up. There was a lot of laughter as the girls “shook their Jingle Bells”; did cup stack game and Christmas charades. They even convinced the volunteers to shake their jingle bells!! At the end of our time, each girl received a gift bag filled with bath gels, lip glosses and the works, just to remind them they are loved and cared for… Please join us for our next volunteer day, January 19th @ 9:30 a.m.

November News

As cold weather approaches for its very brief stay in Texas, the girls made fleece blankets to keep themselves warm at night. They picked their favorite fabrics to fit their personal style and went to work cutting and tying.

October News
Stamps, Scissors, Paper, Punches….
Butterflies, Hearts, Birds and Thank You’s….
This month’s project was making handmade Thank You Cards to mail out to sponsors for the annual fundraiser. The girls got busy right away cutting, gluing and creating! Give these artists a medium and they construct masterpieces! I know the sponsors will be touched by the hard work these girls put into each card. After making a Thank You, they were able to make a card to give to a friend, loved one or as a keepsake. One of the residents chose to make her card for us, thanking us for our time with them! Each Saturday we get to spend with these girls fills our hearts and souls with appreciation and love. We are the blessed ones and goodbyes are hard each time the clock winds down on our time together….

September’s Chicktime was the annual fundraiser for the Bokenkamp Shelter and FIT (Foster in Texas). This year was a change up from the former “fashion show” event to a Night Out at the Ortiz Center in downtown Corpus. The evening was alot of fun! There was Mariachi, Polka Music, dinner, dancing and auctions!! The previous chicktime project of handmade crosses by the residents of Bokenkamp brought in approximately $500 alone!! What a huge success! The children in attendance were so excited about their contribution to the evening.

Next month the residents will be making “Thank You” cards for the sponsors of this years fundraiser and they will also make a personalized card to give away for Birthdays, Thank You’s, etc. Come join us minister to these amazing children!!!

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AUGUST

August brought much more than the heat to South Texas. Bokenkamp was filled with a lot of fresh faces for us to befriend at Chicktime Corpus Christi. As always we tried to find something to match their creativity, so this month’s project was a mini prayer journal. After we got passed the confusing assembly instructions, glue sticks were flying as the girls added pages and embelishments to make their journals their own. Although the styles and colors were different, a consistent theme of birds and butterflies resounded with the girls desire to spread their wings and fly. So we look forward to next month’s project and quality time with the girls at Bokenkamp. We hope you can join us.

JULY

Our volunteers helped the girls of Bokenkamp hand~dye silk scarves with beautiful shades of blues and teals. After the dye-ing process the girls applied salt to make a pattern in the dyes. After drying, rinsing and heat setting the scarves, the patterns emerged, We are reminded how each of these girls are uniquely and wonderfully made in the image of Almighty God. Every girl is different and special, just like their scarves. Hopefully, the girls are reminded of this as they wear them.


October Update:

Every month we are humbled by those who come out to help us encourage the girls at BokenKamp!

The girls truly enjoyed decorating their masquerade masks just in time for Halloween Fun!

Just look at some of the amazing talent!

Join us next month as we will be making fleece blankets!

September Update:

Look at all the beautiful women who showed up for Chicktime September to make sure the girls at BokenKamp Children’s Home are loved!

We decorated crosses …..Just look how beautiful!

The Cross Before Me, led by Ms. Lyn!!

#humbled!!

August Update:

Another great day at BokenKamp Children’s Home this morning. The girls decorated journals with their awesome talents! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help the girls have a great time. The Lord truly works through you to shine a light upon these beautiful girls. A HUGE THANK YOU to H-E-B for providing all the snacks and drinks!

The girls decorated journals with their awesome talents!

A HUGE THANK YOU to H-E-B for providing all the snacks and drinks!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help the girls have a great time. The Lord truly works through you to shine a light upon these beautiful girls.

July Update:

 A wonderful thank you to all our volunteers who make it truly special for the girls.

The girls had such a lovely time making flip flops and hair clips out of water balloons!

Also, we can’t thank H-E-B enough for supplying drinks and snacks! We appreciate you so much #HEB

We hope to see you next month!

JUNE

June’s activity for Chicktime was creating crosses from nails and adorning them with beading. The awesome part of this project is these works of art will be auctioned off at the upcoming Bokenkamp fundraiser. This allows the girls to take part of this event and allows the community to take part in the lives of these precious girls. Each cross was very unique and allowed their creativity shine through. Our volunteers had a great time helping the girls create!

 

FEBRUARY

February’s Chicktime was lots of fun, lots of color and lots of paint everywhere!

We finally made the long awaited tye dyed t-shirts. As usual all the girls at Bokenkamp added thier own flair as they designed the paint patterns on their shirts. Because we used a dry spray paint method, the designs resembled flowers as beautiful as the young women that would be wearing them.

After the shirts were hung to dry, more painting ensued as the girls painted brightly colored butterfly suncatchers for their rooms.

Our next Chicktime will be March 17th, we hope you can join us!

 

 

 

We bring love and fun programs to Bokenkamp every 3rd Saturday of the month! Check the chicktime calendar for detailed information about our events!