According to Vogel Alcove volunteer Tracy Patterson,
“Thirty percent of Dallas children — 3,000 of our local kids — have no home to call their own. As difficult as their current situation may be, it’s the traumatic and lasting effects of homelessness on these younger children that the Vogel Alcove is committed to combat.
“The organization — named in honor of one of the founders and the small space where the mission first began thirty years ago — provides free therapeutic early-childhood and school-aged programs, family support, and physical/mental health services, all during the crucial first five years of life, when 90% of kids’ brain development occurs.
“When I first heard about the work Vogel Alcove does to help local homeless children and their families, the facts of the situation and the inherent need it presented — for lack of a better phrase — blew my mind. When I walked into the center, though, and saw firsthand the faces of the children and the mothers that the organization serves, the reality of that need struck my heart. It was evident that, although our situations may be different, these are moms just like me — loving their children, wanting the best for them, and doing all they can to provide the foundation their young ones need to make for the best life they can possibly have. And, these sweet kids! They’re just like any you would see in any other school or childcare center — longing to play, excited to learn, yearning for love and for stability, and deserving of the opportunity to enjoy all of these things. The difference is, they need our help to get there.
“Our ask is a unique one, I suspect, because we’re encouraging you to celebrate and enjoy the start of 2020 with a day in Frisco packed full of family fun! You’ll have the chance to enjoy everything from games, bounce houses, magic, and face painting, to live music, a fabulous fireworks show, and countless other activities your crew will love — all with the knowledge that, at the same time, you’re also making a difference in the lives of families that need our help.
“Please accept our invitation to join us in the fun on New Year’s Day from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Frisco! Head to www.Day1Dallas.com, where you can purchase tickets for only $5 per person, and learn more about the event and our generous sponsors.
“Then, please share the info with your friends and family and encourage them to come along — in person, on the phone, via Facebook and other social media, or however you can spread the word. Trust me, by January 1st, when the holidays are over, school doesn’t start for a few more days, and cabin fever is starting to set in for you AND the kids, it will be the perfect day out, and your friends will thank you for the suggestion!
“We truly appreciate your support of Vogel Alcove and look forward to seeing you in Frisco on New Year’s Day!”
*Graphic/photo provided by Vogel Alcove