Santa came early for Community Partners of Dallas. Instead of reindeer pulling up to their headquarters bearing gifts, it was a gas-fueled delivery of $50,000 from North Texas’ own Exxon Mobil Corporation.
It seems that for the past 14 years, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s ExxonMobil Chairman’s Gift has annually provided a “holiday gift supporting and highlighting the work of a North Texas nonprofit organization.” Past recipients have included CitySquare, Family Compass and Promise House.
According to Exxon Mobil Corporation Chairman/CEO Darren Woods, “We selected Community Partners of Dallas this year because of the important work the agency is doing in meeting the urgent needs of abused and neglected children. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have added to the stress that leads to such cases, and we hope that our contribution will assist in providing them with some relief and comfort this holiday season.”
The funds will be used by CPD to “support the work of Child Protective Services (CRS) caseworkers in Dallas County.” CPD’s four programs currently in place include “providing basic needs, such as coats and car seats; individualized services, including therapy and medical care; childhood experiences; and CPS caseworker support.”
Despite being the only nonprofit organization in Dallas County “addressing these specific needs,” CPD has been able to serve “more than 20,000 abused and neglected children annually.”
According to CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel, “It is our extraordinary honor to receive ExxonMobil’s donation. These funds will have a tremendous impact on the abused and neglected children in our community. This has been a trying year for families who were already struggling, and we have seen such significant need among the children we serve. At Community Partners of Dallas, we believe that every child should be valued, nurtured and loved. This investment will ensure that children are safe, show them they are treasured, and fill their futures with possibility.”
What a lovely surprise in a year with so many disappointments!