Thursday, March 31, 2011

Leadership: March 2011

We’re Back!
Dear Friends of The Salvation Army,

Welcome to our first blog post of 2011. By now, you’re probably savoring our beautiful warm and sunny North Texas weather. Be sure to make time to enjoy it!

As it has been a bit since our last blog, we’d like to touch on a few events starting with Christmas 2010, a holiday season full of joy and surprise.

The Salvation Army Women’s auxiliary 
 volunteering during the 2010 holiday season
The holiday season kicked off with the official opening of the Angel Tree program the day after Thanksgiving. The announcement mobilized hundreds of volunteers at our various Christmas Centers, who ensured that all the gifts bought by compassionate donors went straight to the people who needed them.

There’s nothing better than seeing a large contingent of folks coming together for a common good!

As the Christmas season wound down, 2011 ushered itself in!

On January 20th, NFL Environmental and The Salvation Army hosted several school districts and private schools for an event titled Super Kids – Super Sharing. The event combined efforts from private and public schools to bring supplies, books, and athletic equipment to schools and agencies in need across North Texas.

Children of The Salvation Army in Arlington 
during the NFL YET announcement.
The NFL didn’t stop there. On February 3rd, the NFL YET was formerly announced. Through a $2 million donation from NFL Charities and the Gene and Jerry Jones foundation, a “Youth Education Town” is being created. This new program will result in expansion, renovation, and new programming at The Salvation Army Community Center in Arlington.

So far this year, on multiple occasions, our community youth have stepped up to the plate.

The Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts of America donated food items benefiting Salvation Army food pantries in Garland, Plano, Pleasant Grove, Waxahachie and the Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas

Students from Arlington were recognized at the Volunteer Banquet for their strong volunteer efforts during the 2010 holiday season.

Children of The Salvation Army at Cedar Crest with
Dallas Cowboys Player DeMarcus Ware.
Lastly, children from The Salvation Army at Cedar Crest joined Dallas Cowboys player DeMarcus Ware in reciting excerpts of the Declaration of Independence on national television prior to Super Bowl XLV.

Each of these groups has aided The Salvation Army in addressing the needs of our community.
Yet, our mission is not done. There are still thousands of people in need of our help; families that need assistance; children who need our services; communities searching for the best solutions to their biggest problems.

We cannot do it without you. We encourage you to be willing and ready to aid those that are less fortunate. It is what we are called to do as children of our creator.

We hope you had a wonderful month of March! Next month, we will feature highlights about the Annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon in Fort Worth and the Cedar Crest KaBOOM! Playground build.

In the meantime, stay informed of all Salvation Army DFW events via our social media outlets:

Be strong and be safe everyone!


Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Leadership