Fort Worth, TX – As temperatures remain cold in North Texas, Volunteers of America Texas, in collaboration with Subaru of America, Inc. and Operation Warm, has embarked on a mission to ensure that vulnerable children have the warmth they need to face the cold. This initiative aims to bring comfort, confidence, and hope to those in need through the generous donation of brand-new shoes, socks, and coats.
On Monday, January 22, a dedicated group of volunteers convened at 2401 Scott Avenue in Fort Worth, TX, to kick off this heartwarming campaign. As families walked in they were greeted by volunteers, the children were sized for shoes and coats, and they signed a “Thank You” poster which was later presented to Five Star Subaru of Grapevine Employees. The collaborative effort resulted in the donation of more than 250 coats, socks, and shoes to VOA Texas’ Prevention Services Program.
“We see the faces of the kids and parents and the appreciation that they give,” said Ron Berman, Employee Relations Coordinator, Five Star Subaru of Grapevine, “Working in this capacity has exposed me to the reality that some members of our community face, not having much. This position has taught me about service over self.”
VOA Texas is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children served by their programs. This initiative focuses on children of clients in substance use prevention programs and at-risk youth through school-based curricula. The program’s multifaceted approach includes educating young minds about the dangers of substance abuse, improving communication between youth and parents, and empowering them to make positive choices in the face of peer pressure.
“We saw children walk in from the cold without sufficient outerwear. To see them be able to select the colors and patterns they wanted, match their shoes and leave with something that fits and in good repair was heartwarming” said Ericka English, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications for VOA Texas. “We are immensely grateful for the support of Subaru of America, Inc. and Operation Warm in making this initiative possible. Together, we are building a foundation of confidence and hope for these young individuals.”
Subaru of America, Inc., and Operation Warm share VOA Texas’ commitment to community well-being, making them ideal partners for this initiative. The joint effort aligns with their shared values of compassion and support for those in need.
Volunteers of America Texas is a faith-based organization that empowers individuals and families to overcome obstacles to reach their full potential and thrive. The ministry of service strengthens communities through an array of services including substance abuse treatment and prevention, affordable housing, community re-entry, employment training and disabilities services. With locations in more than 30 urban and rural communities, Volunteers of America
Texas has been helping those who need the most help for more than 100 years. For information, visit www.voatx.org.
Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications
Volunteers of America Texas
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