As we look forward to all of the excitement TMA 25 Acts of Kindness will bring this year, here’s a look at a few of the acts performed at the end of 2018.
Our second annual Dog Dayz event benefitting East Lake Pet Orphanage (ELPO) was held in October at Community Brewing Co. where more than 100 TMAers and their pets raised more than $3,000 and our very own Anna Rizkalla adopted a dog from the organization.
East Lake Pet Orphanage is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted and abandoned pets in order to prevent euthanasia. Their purpose is to place these animals in stable, loving homes after they are health screened, spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, and generally in good health.
Dog Dayz allowed ELPO to pay for the remaining balance on a special heart surgery that had been urgently completed earlier this year for Flint, a former orphan at the shelter diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect that could have been life-threatening had it not been addressed.
“This event gave the generous, creative team at TMA the perfect way to raise funds that are urgently needed to help homeless pets. Through creativity, more pets can be helped and TMA demonstrated the fact that everyone has a way to contribute a skill, talent, or gift that can be so far-reaching in helping our community,” said Roderick Peña, Digital Outreach Director at ELPO.
Everyone who attended had an incredible time meeting dogs available at ELPO while enjoying complementary beverages in their custom Dog Dayz pint glasses.
Genesis Women’s Shelter
In November, a handful of Dallas employees got the opportunity to furnish and set up a TMA-sponsored apartment at the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Genesis Women’s Shelter provides safety, shelter and support for women who have experienced domestic violence as well as raises awareness regarding its cause, prevalence, and impact.
This act was submitted by Jackie Hinstorff after initially volunteering to serve dinner to the residents of the Genesis Women’s Shelter last March in celebration of Women’s History Month through our TMA Women’s Initiative.
“With this incredible initiative of giving back, we were able to shop, serve, and decorate a two-bedroom apartment for a family needing a safe home this holiday season. A huge thank you to TMA and the 25 Acts of Kindness for allowing us to create and coordinate making an apartment a home- grateful and humbled is an understatement for being a part of something greater.”
TMA volunteers went shopping to select all the furnishings needed for each room and set up the apartment for a family.
Beat the Streets Outreach
To close out 2018, we collected donations to benefit Beat the Streets Outreach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless population in Dallas by distributing meals, clothing, and other necessities.
Natasha Stamper, who submitted the act and is close friends with the organization’s founder, was overjoyed to have the opportunity to collect travel-sized toiletries and monetary donations to go towards the next Beat the Streets Outreach event. We collected more than $400 to be used for supplies needed to make and distribute lunches for the homeless and less fortunate of south Dallas.
Stay tuned for more updates and inspiration from TMA 25 Acts of Kindness.