Monday, March 12, 2012

Leadership Blog: Angel Tree Report, Fighting Hunger Together, and More!

It's almost Springtime!
Dear Friends,

Wow…March certainly blew in fast. We hope you had a wonderful February. So many things have happened this past month.  We have so much to share!


Volunteers at last year's Angel Tree
distribution at our Christmas Center
in Dallas.
This past Christmas season, we served more than 16,000 families in the DFW Metroplex. More than 54,000 children and special-needs adults received gifts through the Angel Tree program.  In all, about $3.7 million worth of gifts were donated.

Of course, we could not have done it without our more than 6,000 volunteers, who contributed more than 32,500 hours to help make all this possible.

A Salvation Army volunteer
serving food to a recipient.
Thousands of North Texans will experience hunger this year. With your help, we can continue to provide food assistance to those in crisis situations.
In 2011, our centers served 947,520 meals to families and individuals in need across the Metroplex. This happened, in large part, thanks to donations and food drives from companies, organizations, and individuals like you.
Through these donations, our food assistance program remains strong and ready in case families and individuals face food shortages.
Food donations for The Salvation Army may be dropped off at your nearest Salvation Army Center. You can find a list of Salvation Army locations in the Metroplex here.


Charlotte Jones Anderson, National Advisory
Board Chair of The Salvation Army and
Executive Vice-President of Brand Management
for the Dallas Cowboys, serves a meal to residents
of the Carr P. Collins Center in Dallas.
On February 8th, DRG Concepts, the Dallas Cowboys, and Downtown Dallas business leaders served lunch to 275 men and women at our Carr P. Collins Social Service Center. The lunch was part of a partnership between DRG Concepts and the Dallas Cowboys. During the Christmas season, DRG's downtown restaurants—Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, and Dallas Fish Market—collected donations from their patrons. The combined value of the lunch and the donations collected was $12,000!
Meanwhile, the Hockaday School’s soccer team hosted a soccer clinic at our Pleasant Grove location in southeast Dallas. The children learned the basics of the game by participating in passing, scoring, and defensive drills. The clinic concluded with an exhibition game, in which the children split up into several teams that included members of Hockaday’s soccer team.
Members of the Fort Worth Women's Auxiliary
serve sandwiches and heart-shaped cookies
to residentsof the Catherine and Evangeline Booth
Friendship Houses in Fort Worth
Two of our auxiliary groups made sure those we serve had a great Valentine’s Day! The Junior Auxiliary worked with women and children from our women's shelter in Dallas to decorate Valentine's Day cookies. Our Fort Worth Women’s Auxiliary hosted a Valentine's Day party for residents of our Catherine and Evangeline Booth residences for senior citizens. The residents enjoyed great food and drinks, as well as entertainment.

We invite you to stay in touch with us through our Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming news, events, and opportunities to make a difference.


Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
DFW Metroplex Command Leadership