Big-hearted Dallas residents have a chance to make a direct impact on the lives of their unsheltered neighbors this holiday season. The Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS) Friends Group is throwing its first-ever membership and coat drive. Free perks for attendees include appetizers and soft drinks courtesy of Smoky Rose, but the main dish is charity. Hosted by the council member of District 9, Paula C. Blackmon, the drive is a call to arms for anyone with a spare coat or a hand to lend, according to the City of Dallas.
Roll up your sleeves and come down to the Smoky Rose at 8602 Garland Rd. on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. sharp, because members of the community with their hearts in the right place, and new or gently used coats in hand, are invited to chip in. Guests "are asked to bring a new or gently used adult-sized coat for donation to individuals experiencing homelessness," ensuring those most in need can have a warmer winter, as per the City of Dallas.
And while the event promises a selection of volunteer projects, for those who like to make a difference from a distance, there are plenty of chances to contribute remotely. Deputy City Manager Kimberly Bizor Tolbert, working closely with Blackmon, is on deck to oversee the formation of this compassionate coalition. No fees are needed—membership is free and open to willing individuals of all ages.