Operation Care schedules 12th annual Christmas Gift for the Homeless on Dec. 19 at the Dallas Convention Center; over 3,000 volunteers to serve more than 20,000 homeless and impoverished individuals
DALLAS (Dec. 11, 2015) – Operation Care International (OCI), a not-for-profit agency that changes the lives of homeless and impoverished individuals, will play host to its twelfth annual Christmas Gift for the Homeless at the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The convention center is located at 650 South Griffin Street in Dallas.
The event – one of the largest Christmas parties for the homeless in the United States – will provide hot meals, coats, shoes, sleeping bags, personal care products, medical and vision care, counseling, haircuts, and other services to more than 20,000 people. Children will be given toys and homeless veterans will be recognized. Free phone calls and bus tickets will be offered to those who want to reunite with family members. More than 3,500 volunteers will serve those who need assistance.
“Our ministry offers our homeless and impoverished neighbors love and hope,” said Susie Jennings, founder and president of OCI. “Thousands of men, women and children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area spend their nights in shelters, on sidewalks or under bridges. Many are single mothers. Many are military veterans. It’s our privilege to make a difference in their lives during the Christmas season.”
OCI has partnered with over 200 churches, ministries, agencies and corporations to organize the event. In addition to humanitarian assistance, the event will recognize homeless veterans who served this country with much courage.
“We doubled the size of our venue, from 250,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet. Christmas Gift for the Homeless will be a spectacular event to assist and honor those who need a helping hand,” Jennings said. “For the last 12 years, the North Texas community has rallied around these vulnerable individuals and families to offer hope and to provide very practical, tangible gifts in a season of celebration. Our biggest need is coats and toys for children and we are expecting 5,000 or more children to attend.” www.CWIMA.org/missions