Friday, March 8, 2013

Leadership Blog: Fighting Hunger; Upcoming Events!

Dear Friends,

You’ve heeded the call once again!
With your help, The Salvation Army DFW raised $69,416 through our Online Red Kettle.
These funds will help us continue helping people in need through food assistance, financial assistance, homeless prevention, and more.

Thank you for your support!

Fighting Hunger in the Metroplex

Our food pantries across the
DFW Metroplex help provide
food assistance to people in need.
As result of high unemployment and high food prices, food insecurity is a growing issue. According to Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" project, food insecurity is lacking access, at times, “to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”
The Salvation Army is committed to fighting hunger across the Metroplex. Our food pantries—operated at 10 of our community centers—provide food assistance for thousands of people in need. Last year, we distributed 25,990 bags of food.
Major Mark Craddock (left) of
The Salvation Army - Dallas Temple
with Boy Scout members and representatives of
Tom Thumb, sponsor of the Scouting for Food drive.

We also provide about 2,700 hot daily meals a day, seven days a week, to residents and visitors at our centers in Dallas and Fort Worth. The meals are served at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We're doing our best to fight hunger and we're not doing it alone. We recently partnered with the Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts and Tom Thumb for the 25th annual "Scouting for Food" drive. The food gathered benefited our pantries across the Metroplex.

Thank you to Nest and its customers for
their compassion towards North Texans in need!
We're also collaborated with Nest on McKinney Ave. in Dallas for its annual "Furnish and Feed" drive.  During the month of February, Nest accepted donated non-perishable foods, baby care items, and personal care items benefiting The Salvation Army. 

We're thankful for the Circle Ten Council Boy Scouts, Tom Thumb, and Nest for joining us in fighting hunger.

Here’s a video of Carranza, who received food assistance at our social service center in Dallas:

Learn more about our food assistance program and how you can help at

Upcoming Events

2013 Annual Doing The Most Good Luncheon in Fort Worth
This year’s Doing The Most Good Luncheon in Fort Worth will be on Wednesday, April 3 at the Omni Hotel. Elizabeth Smart will be this year’s guest speaker!
Elizabeth will share how she overcame extreme adversity after being kidnapped in 2002. She survived for nearly a year until police returned her to her family. Her kidnapping became one of most followed child abduction cases of our time.
Elizabeth has become an advocate for recovery programs and national legislation focused on fighting child abductions, including The National AMBER Alert and The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act. She is founder and remains involved with the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
Tickets for the luncheon are available now! Learn more about the luncheon and how to purchase a ticket here.

Plenty of bargains to be found at the Texas-size
garage sale at our warehouse in Fort Worth!
Texas-Size Garage Sale
This year’s Texas-size garage sale, organized by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Tarrant County, is coming soon!
Scout for bargains on furniture, clothing, electronics, antique items, and much more!
You can also enjoy tasty snacks, refreshing drinks, and a great selection of baked goods at our on-site bake sale.
Located at 229 E. Felix Street in Fort Worth, the garage sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Admission is $1 for adults and FREE for children under 14. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. All sales support services of The Salvation Army in Fort Worth!

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of Dallas Fashion Show
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Dallas will hold its annual fashion show on Monday, May 6 at Brook Hollow Country Club!

The event will include a silent auction and the ever-popular "Chic Boutique," where hundreds of designer items will be available for purchase.
Be on the lookout for more information about the fashion show—and other events—on our Facebook and Twitter pages:

Warm Regards,

Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
DFW Metroplex Leadership