The event, spearheaded by Charlotte Jones Anderson, Karen Jones, and Lori Jones, was a success. Of course, we can not fail to mention and say thank you to Valentino for generously supporting The Salvation Army. 10% of the proceeds from this event benefited our local programs and services.
Charlotte Jones Anderson remarked how lovely the turn out was.
"The evening was a special event for the ladies to come together and support The Salvation Army."
When asked to describe Valentino clothes? "Beautiful!" she replied. "Valentino clothes are so refine and ladylike."
Michelle Witten, wife of Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, simply described the clothes in one word, "lush."
Witten also commented, " I am blessed to give back and encourages all women to give back, as well."
Juddy Gibbs, Salvation Army DFW Advisory Board Chair, remarked, "The Salvation Army is exemplary in helping so many people through orgnizations, multiple programs, and services." And while shopping she added, "Valentino's clothes are simply beautiful."
Every afternoon, nine-year-old Jaylon walks from his elementary school to The Salvation Army Cedar Crest Community Center. He says he has been coming to the center for two years.
I asked him what he likes most about going to The Salvation Army during after school hours. He said, “hanging out with his friends and shooting hoops!”
I asked Jaylon to be our guest photographer for this blog post. His assignment was to capture all the things he sees happening around him. He could also use Captain Kettle as a prop.
By the end of the session, Jaylon not only grasped how to properly hold the camera, but starting taking really good pictures. He said that he wants to be a police officer when he grows up, but I think he might have a future in photography.
Last summer I had the opportunity to spend some time with children who were attending the summer day camp program at The Salvation Army in Irving.
The children at the day camp were challenged to raise money to help The Salvation Army in Kenya. (I blogged about their success- click here to read the story.)
Shortly after my visit, I reflected on how the children’s lives were changed by going to the summer day camp. You could see their faces full of joy and could tell how much The Salvation Army DFW really cares about children.
I've got good news! We offer more than just summer day camp.
Through our programs like sports clinics, music lessons, after school care, homework tutoring, and character building courses, the children are inspired, encouraged, and most importantly, shown Christ’s love.
Take a look at these precious faces. These pictures document all the wonderful things children get to do at a The Salvation Army DFW center.
I’m asking the folks who care about children to make it a point to raise awareness.
Zig Ziglar may have said it best. “Our children are our only hope for the future, but we are their only hope for their present and their future.”
What can you do?
1. Tell everyone you know that helping children is a cause you really care about.
2. Regularly post updates on your Facebook/Twitter page that raise awareness about The Salvation Army DFW’s children’s programs.
3. Volunteer to help/mentor/ teach children at a Salvation Army DFW center.