Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Season in Review!

School Time!
Dear Friends,

We hope you had a wonderful summer with your loved ones. As this season comes to a close, we’re looking back at this summer’s many events and activities!


Pat and Emmitt Smith at
the Women's Auxiliary
Annual Fashion Show
this year!
We have wonderful news about the Women’s Auxiliary Annual Fashion Show: the show raised $600,000, supporting Salvation Army programs across the Metroplex. We’re grateful for the participation of the Women’s Auxiliary, Pat and Emmitt Smith, Jan Strimple, and all who contributed and attended this year’s event.

Speaking of participation, many companies and organizations stepped up to help North Texans served by our community centers. Local Sam’s Clubs donated 19 pallets of bottled water, benefitting our 15 Cooling Stations across the Metroplex.

Sheleigh Skipsey of
The Salvation Army - Lewisville
(fifth from left) and
Lieutenant Jeremiah Romack of
The Salvation Army - Waxahachie
(far right) standing with
Caliber Collision Center employees
Our centers in Lewisville and Waxahachie received a donation of food collected by Caliber Collisions. The two-week food drive raised more than 4,800 food items for both centers, which will be distributed to local families struggling to get by.

Bank of America employees hosted a mini Field Day for the children served by our Oak Cliff community center's summer day camp program. The field day consisted of activities for the children, including face painting, arts and crafts, a soccer scrimmage, and bag races.

Our Lewisville community center was privileged to be nominated for the “Nonprofit of the Year Award” at the 2012 Unity Luncheon in Highland Village. This center provides emergency financial assistance, free meals each weekday, a food pantry, and many more programs to serve those in need in the Lewisville area.

NBA Power Forward Kenyon Martin
(back row, fourth from left) with
Sgt. Rodney Hinkle of the
Cedar Crest Community Center
(back row, second from right),
Deputy Mayor Pro tem Tennell Atkins
(back row, second from left) and children
and staff of the Cedar Crest Community Center

Children from our community center in the Cedar Crest area of Oak Cliff enjoyed two basketball camps courtesy of NBA players Kenyon Martin, who grew up playing basketball at the center, and Josh Howard. There, the children learned basketball basics of dribbling, defense, and ball handling, as well as advanced moves.

Remember the Dallas Cowboys Play 60 Fitness Zone that was in the works? The project officially opened its doors on July 23 at our social service center in Fort Worth! The Fitness Zone is geared towards adolescents and includes youth-sized exercise machines and interactive gaming systems geared at motivating younger generations to get up and moving.

Children served by the Northside Community
Center pick up backpacks donated by
the Tarrant County Women's Auxiliary.


Save the date and spread the word!

North Texas Giving Day is this
Thursday, September 14, from
7 a.m. to midnight. A great
opportunity to make a
The Salvation Army will once again participate in this year’s “North Texas Giving Day,” this Thursday, September 13 from 7 a.m. to midnight. This special giving opportunity offers a partial match for online donations made to The Salvation Army that day. Through “North Texas Giving Day,” you’ll have the opportunity to show your support while making a difference for people in need in the Metroplex.

We have much more on the way in the coming weeks. Be sure to stay informed on the latest news and events on our Facebook and Twitter pages:


Warm Regards,

Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
DFW Metroplex Command Leadership

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