For its April service project, Newhouse + Noblin provided lunch to families staying in the Ronald McDonald House (“RMH”) locations in Dallas and Houston. Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. Even worse, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support. The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. All RMHs are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. RMH relies on volunteers to provide meals to its occupants, so Newhouse + Noblin gladly purchased the supplies and its Dallas and Houston recruiter teams spent a fun morning preparing lunch and then serving approximately 100 family members at RMH. Supporting RMH is such a rewarding and fun experience. Click here to learn how you can help too.
Texas Food Banks
In February 2012, Newhouse + Noblin’s Dallas and Houston offices teamed up to support their respective cities’ food banks. Both teams of volunteers had a fun and rewarding day of sorting and packaging donated food for immediate delivery. The Houston Food Bank distributed nearly 70 million pounds of food items last year, feeding over 865,000 different people. Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer in Houston. The North Texas Food Bank likewise is a leading national member of the Feeding America Food Banks, providing access to nearly 90,000 nutritious meals each day. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved too!
Community Partners of Dallas
On December 8th, Newhouse + Noblin participated in the Community Partners of Dallas‘ toy drive. Our team of volunteers spent a fun and rewarding day unloading trucks of donated toys, sorting items, and organizing the gifts for delivery before the holidays. Community Partners does an amazing job each year of rallying donors, gathering volunteers, and delivering hundreds of toys to abused and neglected children in Dallas. All of this is made possible through the generosity of Peacock Alley, which provides its warehouse to store the donated items and host the volunteers, in addition to providing the trucks and crews to pick up and deliver toys throughout the metroplex. Sincere thanks to Community Partners and Peacock Alley for letting us share in this wonderful cause!
Watch a video filmed at the warehouse.
In early November, Beth Walker and her Husband, Raymond, hosted a concert in their home featuring the band Brother of Pearl. The event benefitted Santo Clinic, a non-profit clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti. Santo Clinic was started just days after the 2010 earthquake. In the days following the earthquake, the clinic operated under tents and tarps with only basic medical supplies that had been carried into the country by volunteers. The clinic now operates in a new building in the Santo District of Port au Prince, providing free medical care to anyone in need. For more information about the Clinic and instructions for on-line donations, click here.
In November, Newhouse + Noblin made a donation to Sam’s Squad, a group organized in support of a local 9-year old “superhero” named Sam, but more broadly designed to help fight Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy – the most severe form of the condition. Sam began life struggling to breathe and survive, and the odds were that he would never leave the hospital. But he did. Beginning at 9 weeks of age, Sam started treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Although Sam can now walk, his muscles are weak. So, when he needs to travel longer distances, he races around in an orange, manual wheelchair with wheels that light up as he rolls.
Sam overcame the odds and is now a fun-loving, sweet nine-year old kid who loves superheroes, Toy Story, music, movies, animals and his family. Sam is especially fond of his older brother, Will. Every day Sam continues to fight Muscular Dystrophy and beat the odds, always with great cheer and humor. That’s why we think of Sam as our superhero.
You can be a superhero too by joining Sam’s Squad and running or walking in the Dallas White Rock Marathon on December 4, 2011, volunteering, or making a donation to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.