Thursday, September 1, 2011

Leadership Blog: Commitment to the Community

Dear Friends,

The Salvation Army has been blessed with individuals who walk the walk. Sadly, we have lost such an individual.
Charles Wyly

On August 7th, Charles Wyly passed away in Aspen, Colorado.  As a past chairman of the DFW Metroplex Advisory Board and a member for more than 40 years, his commitment to The Salvation Army was nothing short of remarkable. Charles was instrumental in pushing forward The Salvation Army DFW’s long range plan, initiated in 2003. He was also a member of The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board where he served as treasurer.

We are grateful for the time we’ve spent working with Charles. We ask that you join us in praying for comfort for his wife, Dee, and for his family.

The Salvation Army will participate in
"North Texas Giving Day."
Save the date!

What makes this event unique? From 7 AM to 7 PM on Thursday, September 15th, the Communities Foundation of Texas, sponsors of the event, will match a portion of your contribution.

Ruben Brown with children
from The Salvation Army - Arlington
Many showed their commitment to the community this summer. Former NFL Guard Ruben Brown kicked off a 7,000 mile, cross-country motorcycle ride called “Ruben’s Run.” The ride’s objective was to build awareness and raise funds for The Salvation Army.  Ruben stopped in the Metroplex on July 25th and made time to visit with those we serve.

Lieutenant Patrick Jones
with the children of The Salvation Army -
Dallas Temple
When our 15 Cooling Stations were running low on bottled water during the triple digit heat wave this summer, Sam’s Club took the initiative to donate 40,000 bottles of water to benefit the stations.
Back-to-school shopping can be very costly. Knowing this, the Office Depot Foundation and the Women’s Auxiliaries of Dallas and Fort Worth donated 1,150 backpacks to children served by The Salvation Army.

Field Day
at The Salvation Army -
Volunteers from Boeing and Southwest Airlines recently served the community by hosting food drives benefiting Salvation Army food pantries across the Metroplex.
Other volunteer activities this month included two field days at our Pleasant Grove and Waxahachie locations. Summer day camp children throughout the Metroplex enjoyed activities such as face painting, tug-of-war, and basketball.

As the summer winds down, we wish you a wonderful conclusion of the season! Stay informed of our latest news by liking our fan page on Facebook!

Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
DFW Metroplex Commanders