Thankful in Dallas for a Bountiful Community    


Little Stewpot Stewards host lemonade stands to raise money for to purchase items needed by the homeless.

On his sixth birthday, April Gorman’s son told his mother he wanted to help homeless people he had seen on Dallas streets. Instead of birthday presents, he asked for socks, which he gave out one morning at the Stewpot.

Those who received the socks showered smiles on the young Gorman, who began raising money to buy more clothing for the needy.

Thus was born the Little Stewpot Stewards, now a year-and-a-half old, which under strict oversight, raises money through lemonade stand receipts. An art auction is raising funds for holiday presents.

Established by First Presbyterian Church, The Stewpot is the sole meal provider at The Bridge, Dallas’ homeless assistance center, serving 1,500 to 2,000 meals every day.

In our bountiful community, other organizations that provide opportunities to feed those in need include:

The Park Cities Presbyterian Church’s Boxes of Blessings. This year’s event, which is expected to attract at least 1,000 people to fill 7,000 boxes, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at BCW Warehouse, 6100 Cedar Springs Road.

SoupMobile will again Celebrate Jesus at the Omni Hotel on Christmas Eve, providing a gala dinner and overnight hotel stay for 500 homeless men and women. Needed are 2,500 volunteers to staff the event and stuff backpacks with items to help the homeless survive the winter.

The North Texas Food Bank, which works with 250 partner agencies in 13 counties to feed 175,000 nutritious meals daily, offers many opportunities for volunteers.

For the holidays, consider filling a shoebox with toiletries, gloves, hats, plastic ponchos and deliver them to the Stewpot, the SoupMobile or the North Texas Food Bank.

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CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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