The Salvation Army will be soon receiving new clothes for those in need, thanks to an initiative by residents of The Tradition-Prestonwood senior living community. A recent announcement at the community launched A Helping Hand by Tradition benefiting the needy through The Salvation Army. The new organization will raise money to purchase new clothes, which will then be donated to famed non-profit.
This initiative was generated by two residents of the community: Louise Duggins and Morris Shaw. Duggins, long a volunteer, and Shaw, boasting a moving personal experience relating to the famed non-profit, were planning one day how they could best help The Salvation Army. Shaw had purchased new clothes that he soon donated to the non-profit, and that proved the seed for the idea.
“Times are not the best right now, and many people need new clothes to make them feel good as they seek jobs,” said Matthews
After raising funds, a committee spearheaded by Duggins and Shaw will coordinate with “The Army” to learn what clothes are needed by people trying to get back into the work force. The committee will solicit and negotiate with retail stores to meet these requests at discount prices. They will shop for clothes, then give them to The Salvation Army to distribute.
According to Captain Michele Matthews of The Salvation Army, she and her husband,
Major Ward Matthews, couldn’t be more grateful for this help. “Times are not the best right now, and many people need new clothes to make them feel good as they seek jobs,” said Matthews.
Morris Shaw’s personal connection with The Salvation Army dates back to World War II when he was on active duty. After a hospital stay in England due to yellow jaundice, he found that his unit had moved on without him. With no money, he was directed to the non-profit and immediately given the equivalent of $25 in British pounds. “I paid them back during the war, and I’ve been paying them back ever since!” says Shaw.
“I paid them (The Salvation Army) back during the war, and I’ve been paying them back ever since!” says Shaw.
The Tradition-Prestonwood senior living community is serving as a base of operations for A Helping Hand by Tradition, according to Founder and CEO Jonathan Perlman. “We are proud of our residents, and we are thrilled to support them with their worthy cause!” said Perlman, who has filed the organization as a Texas non-profit corporation.
For more information, call 214-628-7580. Donations should be made out to A Helping Hand and mailed to A Helping Hand by Tradition, 15250 Prestonwood Blvd., Dallas, TX 75248.
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