Yesterday (Tuesday Nov. 15th) was a very good day for me and the Catch 22 for Blue foundation. I flew into Dallas and got the day started off early by doing the morning show for KDFI 27. I did three segments including a segment on cooking in which I cooked a recipe that I learned from my mother called blonde brownies. I hope some of you enjoyed the recipes! The shows were lots of fun but the main reason for doing them was to promote the kickoff for our first annual toy drive. Catch22forblue has teamed up with the US Marine Corps and Toys For Tots to gather as many toys as we can and hand them out to the children around the Metroplex area. With the addition of the people who have been relocated due to the hurricane we will need to raise the total amount of toys donated through the program by 30%. We have arranged, with the help of Major Paul Courtaway, to drop off the presents by way of a Marine helicopter. We are also working out a way to fly down to Port Arthur, Texas and drop of gender and age specific presents to many children who were affected by Hurricane Rita. I will write more on the charity that we will be assisting in that area at a later time. Please don’t forget to visit our website for more info.
Shortly after announcing the calendar for the upcoming events with Toys For Tots I had the opportunity, with the help of Brookshire Farms, to hand out Thanksgiving meals to 25 families from New Orleans who have relocated to the Arlington area with the help of two local churches, North Davis Church of Christ and Highland Park Presbyterian Church. With some of the donations that were sent to the Catch 22 for Blue foundation we were able to purchase complete meals for these families. Everything needed for Thanksgiving from tea bags to dinner rolls to pecan and sweet potato pies were packed in bags and sent home with these families. Brookshire topped it off with donating the turkeys…THANK YOU to all who have helped us in our efforts, it is much appreciated!
It touched my heart to see how happy and appreciative everyone was. It is sad to know that there are families scattered all over the country who are having to spend the holidays away from familiar surroundings, away from friends, and away from their homes. What we did today and what we will continue to do is make them feel comfortable in there new communities and let them know that they are special and are not forgotten especially during the holidays.
Thanks again for staying in touch. Don’t forget to visit my website: www.catch22forblue.org. We are still actively accepting donations of all amounts. Any assistance is greatly appreciated, especially during the holiday season!