Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Leadership Blog: A Joyful Season!

That time of year!
Dear Friends,

This has been an exciting time of year for The Salvation Army. We'd like to share some of the recent activities with you.


"Doing The Most Good Luncheon" speaker
Scott O'Grady tells his story as a pilot
fighting for his life in Bosnia.
This year’s “Doing The Most Good Luncheon,” presented by AT&T, raised more than $3 million, benefitting programs serving thousands in the Metroplex.  

Keynote speaker Scott O’Grady, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, spoke of his experience being shot down over Bosnia and parachuting to the ground. He survived for six harrowing days in enemy territory before being rescued.

We thank Luncheon Chair Mark Schortman, Underwriting Chair Jan Pickens, and everyone involved in making this year’s luncheon a success.

Click the kettle to enter
With the Red Kettle Drive in full swing, The Salvation Army has made it easier for you and others to participate online thanks to

Through, you can set up your own kettle account, establish a fundraising goal, and raise money for The Salvation Army from the comfort of your home! You can personalize your kettle account with photos, graphics, and links to other sites, while notifying friends and family about your fundraising goal via email and Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Online Red Kettle is fun, easy and FREE! It’s a great way to make a difference in the community.

If you want to make a simple donation, go to  and help us raise money for the Red Kettle drive.

Online Red Kettle is active till January 31st, 2012! Remember that 85 cents of every dollar donated locally to The Salvation Army goes straight to programs serving people in need!


Christi was able to provide
Christmas for her three children thanks
to the Angel Tree program.
We’re pleased to announce that every child and special-needs adult in the Angel Tree program will receive gifts this Christmas! Last Friday, we began distributing gifts to over 50,000 underprivileged children and special-needs adults.

We’re grateful to all that adopted Angels this Christmas season, as well as the volunteers that are distributing the gifts to Angel Tree families.


Dallas Cowboys players prepare
to serve meals to men and women at the
Carr P. Collins center in Dallas.
Volunteers have been active this holiday season. Members of The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in Dallas helped pack candy bags to be given as Christmas gifts to inmates locked up in prisons across Texas. Each candy bag also includes a gospel tract that shares the plan of salvation to lead people to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Due to their annual Thanksgiving Day game, The Dallas Cowboys served up an “early” Thanksgiving meal at The Salvation Army’s Carr P. Collins Social Services Center. Cowboys players donated their time to serve dinner to more than 200 less fortunate men and women at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Dallas. Brill Garrett, wife of Cowboys' head coach Jason Garrett, and the wives of some of the players also pitched in to help.

Captain Andy Miller with two children
during the Christmas Party hosted by
the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys continued showing their holiday spirit. The team hosted a Christmas party for children served by our centers in the Metroplex. The children enjoyed food and fun at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Each child also received a brand new pair of TOMS shoes that they decorated and painted to their liking.

Meanwhile, the players’ wives held their annual Dream Drive for The Salvation Army at Sam’s Club in Grapevine. The players’ wives went on a shopping spree benefitting 20 underprivileged families served by The Salvation Army.

We thank each and every one of you who helped those in need this holiday season. We encourage you to remember others at this special time of the year.  Stay in touch with us through our Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming opportunities to make a difference.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!


Captain Michele and Major Ward Matthews
DFW Metroplex Command Leadership