Friday, January 15, 2010

Your donations make a difference


When Donald Giddens moved into his fully furnished CityWalk studio on Jan. 12, he had nothing but the clothes on his back. Little did he know we had received a generous selection of men’s clothing from some caring people in the community to begin building our clothes closet for our residents.

Colleen Lujan, who has been helping the homeless for years, had come to the Central Dallas CDC office the day before with boxes of toiletries, bags of men’s clothing and a passion to do more for our formerly homeless and low-income residents. Just a couple of weeks before that, we received a huge donation of men’s clothing from Melvin Traylor. Because of their donations, we were able to meet Donald’s immediate need.

The first item Donald picked up was a red plaid jacket. “Oh, I like this,” he said, admiring the jacket’s perfect fit. After a little more shopping, Donald was headed back to his apartment with shirts, jeans and jackets.

Johnice Woods, director of projects, and I were able to be a part of this wonderful moment, which was captured by Dan Finnell, one of our architects.

Donald was so grateful and appreciative. He smiled all the way home.

Thank you Colleen and Melvin!

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