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Blue Zones Project – PURPOSE WORKSHOP at St. Lukes In The Meadow Episcopal Church

graphic_social_purpose_600x600The Fort Worth Blue Zones Project is holding ANOTHER PURPOSE WORKSHOP on Thursday, January 26, 6:30 – 8:30PM!

What’s your reason to get out of bed every morning? Studies show that people with a clear goal in life, or something to wake up for every morning, live longer and stay mentally sharper than those who don’t.

Your sense of purpose can come from something as simple as watching your children or grandchildren grow up, being engaged in a job or a hobby that gives you a sense of fulfillment, or learning something new.

Residents living in the original Blue Zones areas share common principles called Power 9® – these are healthy lifestyle habits that help them live longer, healthier, happier lives. Living with a clear sense of life purpose is one of them.

It will be held at St. Lukes In The Meadow Episcopal Church, 4301 Meadowbrook Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76103.

To participate in this FREE and life impacting event, please go to bit.ly/purposeworkshops
Thanks to organizer, Ricky Cotto, for leadership in compassion.
#MayorsWeekOfService #26 #District8

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Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – Sergeant Greg Dotson

Compassionate Fort Worth is collecting items for Sergeant Greg Dotson, to be presented to him on Monday, January 30 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

stockshowPlease read his story:

 

SGT Greg Dotson gives new meaning to the adage “ARMY STRONG”.

SGT Greg Dotson served as an Army combat medic for 10 years and is credited with saving the lives of more than 160 soldiers during 2 combat tours in Iraq. A native of Red Bud, Illinois, SGT Dotson enlisted in the Army at the age of seventeen. Greg was a line medic with the 1st CAV Division, in the Diyala Province, Iraq in 2007 when a 500lb. High Explosive bomb was detonated under his legs. As a result, SGT Dotson lost his left leg, part of his right thigh and he sustained extensive damage to his right leg ankle and back.

armystrongGreg suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and Post-Concussion Syndrome. Greg still deals with medical issues regarding the shrapnel in his face, head and body. Greg has endured 30+ surgeries with the most recent surgeries occurring in March 2015.

 

SGT Dotson was medically retired from the Army and immediately sought employment as a contractor helping U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan. Greg worked to build base camps and establish Emergency Operations Teams for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Greg returned to the Fort Worth area and currently works for Fluor Corporation.

dotson-picSGT Dotson was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal (2nd), Army Good Conduct Medal, ARCOM, National Defense Service Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (2nd), and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device.

SGT Dotson is a devoted husband and the father to 6 daughters. Greg appreciates the opportunities he has been given in life and uses his knowledge and life experiences to help others and influence positive change in young people. Most weekends you will find Greg and his family on the basketball court or tackling some worthwhile outdoor adventure.

SGT Greg Dotson family resides in Keller, Texas. The family travels from Fort Worth to San Antonio often for medical treatment and resides in hotels.

 

  • Clothing: Alena 11, size small junior / Abagail 8, size 8 /  Lillian 7, size 7 / Anabelle 6, size 6 / Amelia 6, size 6  / Audrey 2, size 3T /  Greg – size XL / Amber size M
  • Dry goods
  • Canned goods
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, cream, soaps, Germex, first aid kits, shower shoes
  • Bed linens – twin size for girls and King size for master bed
  • Blankets Sleeping bags Backpacks
  • Duffel bags
  • Folding lawn chairs
  • Ice chests on wheels
  • Towels

Please download the following PDF and print out the list. Consider giving it to friends or fellow church members: Dotson Family Information

The donation collection point is Ahavath Sholom Synagogue in Fort Worth: 4050 S Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76109, anytime prior to Monday, January 30.

#MayorsWeekofService

Tarrant Churches Together – MLK Day of Service (Pre-Event)

On Monday morning, January 16, over 400 volunteers from across Fort Worth joined together at Baker AME Chapel, to launch Tarrant Churches Together’s annual MLK Day of Service!

Tarrant Churches Together is led by Executive Director, Dr. Melinda Veatch (also member of the Mayor’s Faith Leader’s Cabinet, and Compassionate Fort Worth).

Check out what was said in the media regarding this pre-event to the Mayor’s Week of Compassionate Service: NBC 5 Report on MLK Day of Service.

mlkdayDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much experience you’ve had, where you live, what size you are, EVERYONE CAN BE GREAT because EVERYONE CAN SERVE, so here’s your chance to be great — and be a bridge builder by reaching out and reaching across to others in this community!

Take a look at what Mayor Betsy Price stated, while visiting the activities that morning: Mayor Price Facebook Post.

During the MLK Day of Service, volunteers were helping feed families, clothing children, cleaning up a neighborhood, dispelling loneliness, sacking groceries, stocking pantry shelves and much, much more!

There were more than 30 different opportunities to make a difference in one life — or many!

Check out what was said in the Star-Telegram regarding the MLK Day of Service!

HUGE thanks to Dr. Melinda Veatch for serving our community as a leader in compassion.

Tarrant County Homeless Coalition – Point In Time Count

On Jan. 26, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) will lead the community’s Point In Time Count, an annual census of the homeless in Tarrant and Parker counties.

Volunteers are needed as Fort Worth joins communities across the nation to count the homeless during the last 10 days of January.homelesscount

TCHC coordinates the census and survey of the homeless not only to fulfill federal requirements for funding for a variety of homeless housing and supportive services, but also to understand changing trends, the extent and the nature of homelessness. The data will also assist in measuring the degree of success in ending homelessness.

This is the ninth census of the homeless.

On Jan. 26, volunteers will gather at 8 p.m. and deploy from locations in Fort Worth, Arlington, northeast Tarrant County and Weatherford. The count should conclude by about 1 a.m. To assure the most accurate count with no duplicate counting, the count will be conducted late at night after emergency shelters have closed intake and unsheltered homeless people will begin retiring to their campsites or other outdoor locations.

To learn more, call 817-509-3635 or visit the registration site.

 

 

Redemption Tree Outreach Ministry – Dinner for the Homeless

homelessfeedTheir activity is called, Dinner for the Homeless and it will be held on Saturdays, January 21 and 28, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
These Saturday evening dinners are designed with the homeless in mind, and the dinners are held at 800 W. Fogg St. Fort Worth, Tx 76115.
To volunteer, please go to Norma.losoya@Redemptiontree.org or call 817-707-8986.
Thanks to organizer, Norma Losoya, for leadership in compassion.
#MayorsWeekOfService #21 #28 #District9
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SOS Local | Loads of Hope – Hygiene Kit & Food Box Prep Day

soslocalTheir activity is called, Hygiene Kit & Food Box Prep Day and it will be held on Thursday, January 26, 9:00 am – Noon.
Volunteers will be sorting through an assortment of donated items to create hygiene kits and food boxes for homeless and or low income families of Dallas, Tarrant, and Denton counties. Must be at least 10yrs+ to volunteer and any volunteers under 18yrs must be accompanied by an adult.
It will be held at 1501 Greenview Dr. Grand Prairie, 75050
To volunteer, please email Help@sosresponds.org or call 817-898-0262.
Check out their Website as well: sosLocal.org
Thanks to organizer, Amanda Alexander & Melissa Weinkauff, for leadership in compassion.
#MayorsWeekOfService #26
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Selena Culton – Family Helping Family

Welcome logoSelena’s activity is called, Family Helping Family and it will be held on Sunday, January 22, 9:00 AM – Noon.
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During this time, Selena will
– serve with her PTA,
– do some Rest Home visitation
– give away school clothing
– support youth at the American Legion Post 838 
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She will be holding her compassion work in the 76105 zip code.
Thanks to Selena Culton for leadership in compassion.
#MayorsWeekOfService #22