As the holidays approach, The Salvation Army kettles and bell ringing will spring up throughout the area. The monies raised by The Salvation Army go to “food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, apartments for senior citizens and veterans, drug and alcohol addiction recovery, youth programs and financial assistance.”
Just this past year, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command has served nearly a million meals, provided 42,071 bags of groceries, shelter for 6,836 adults and children, substance abuse rehabilitation for 4,443 people and Christmas assistance for 16,373 families and 51,918 individuals.
So often the recipients of these services and their stories go unknown. But on Thursday, November 17, the annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon fundraiser will reveal how The Salvation Army played an important and inspiring role in a boy’s life.
Luncheon Chair Mary Clare Finney and Underwriting Chair Debbie Oates have arranged to have “accomplished recording artist, keynote speaker and three-time New York Times best-selling author” Jimmy Wayne to be the featured speaker in the Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom.
His childhood was not a pretty one — “His father abandoned the family. His mother was sent to prison. His stepfather tried to murder him. As a teen, he was homeless, living on the street before being taken in by foster parents who helped change his life.”
According to Jimmy, “The Salvation Army provided food and clothes to my mom, sister and me when I was nine years old. They provided me my first guitar through the angel tree program when I was 14 years old. I vowed when I ‘made it,’ I would give back to The Salvation Army. The first song I wrote when I received my first record deal was ‘Paper Angels’ — a song about the Angel Tree program. I wrote about The Salvation Army in my book ‘Walk to Beautiful.’”
Held the week before Thanksgiving, the luncheon is an inspirational way to start the holidays. Individual tickets are $300 and sponsorships range from $1,000 to $250,000.
* Photo provided by The Salvation Army