December 13, 2012
To Whom It May Concern:
Operation Care International (OCI) is preparing for the 2012 Christmas Gift. For the ninth year, on December 15, OCI will transform three halls in the Dallas Convention Center into a Center of Hope. The event has been described as the nation's largest Christmas Party for the homeless.
OCI annually hosts four seasonal outreach events to the homeless in Dallas. The largest event is the Christmas party, called "Christmas Gift," which is held at the Dallas Convention Center. This event has drawn over 10,000 homeless guests and over 3000 volunteers each year for the past three years. Christmas Gift provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the guests by providing a variety of goods and services including: medical screenings, food, and personal care items. Additionally, there are organizations at the event to assist homeless guests with housing, education, job counseling, legal services, and rehabilitation and treatment services. The Christmas Gift goes the extra mile to treat the homeless with dignity and respect by treating guests to makeovers, haircuts, entertainment, family portraits with Santa and Christmas gifts. A special area for children includes a craft area, face painting, pony rides, rock wall climbing and a petting zoo, and special children's entertainment. To find out more, please visit www.opcare.org.
Why reach out to the homeless and impoverished? Investing in people is the most enduring legacy we can make. Over 111,000 thousand lives have been reached through this organization. It is deeply gratifying to lives have been changed and becoming contributing members to their family, community and society because somebody cares like you.
We want you to be a part of this incredible life-changing experience. How can you help? We need the marines to be the saber guards to the 3 homeless vets as the 6 homeless vets are being honored on Saturday, December 15th. We need them to be there at 7:45 a.m. just to help us honor our WWII vet, Mr. Orville Rogers and 6 homeless vets. They need to hold their swords up as the homeless vets will go under it. We usually have 400 homeless vets. Thank you for caring.
Go to our web at www.opcare.org.
Together, we can make a difference in lives of these children in our community.
Susie Y. Jennings, RN
It's not about sandwiches! It's about my life!