“We should never underestimate the value of a smile and the difference we can make when we wake up to be a change in someone else’s life. At the end of this book, we will see that we are all just broken souls and we have to CHOOSE to do better with the time we’ve been gifted, surround ourselves with people that make us better, and reclaim our own purpose to inspire and share hope. This mission may have started with moms and children. But it is so much more than that. It’s our community coming together, and it’s because of the energy of good people that we are fortunate to continue making extraordinary change for people who truly deserve a helping hand.” – Kathryn Flores
More than just MOMS — a community on a mission of kindness
There are so many fabulous causes and ways to give back, but seeing the needs here, in our backyard, was simply shocking — particularly when it came to families who could not provide meals for themselves and their children. Hunger is a gateway to significant obstacles in the lives of vulnerable children, and it’s a problem that is often overlooked and underserved.
Consider these shocking statistics:
- Of the roughly 32,000 students in Denton ISD, 46% qualify for the state-funded free and reduced lunch program.
- The numbers are just as staggering in Lewisville, where 45% of the district’s 52,000 students receive free and reduced meals.
At the decade anniversary for Mission Moms in 2020, we set an aggressive goal to serve 2,000 families at the annual Holiday Bless-ings, up from 1,200 in 2019. And we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community. Covering nearly 26 schools and several districts, we rely on continuous cooperation with Communities in Schools of North Texas, district liaisons, counselors, social services, superintendents, as well as local and state governments. Each family’s challenge is the center of their universe, so their struggles are met with grace and tenderness. Volunteer children donate, sort, and distribute all items. Adults also volunteer and serve by constantly teaching children during the mission. The public gatherings give caring people an opportunity to interact with one another and build a rapport that will be useful in future projects.
The many stories of gratitude melt the hearts of all of us that played a part in making others’ lives a little easier to manage.
More help is needed, though. Children are adjusting to a new school year with COVID-19, and families continue to fall on even more difficult times through job losses and illnesses and don’t have the means to stock up on food by themselves.
We hope our missions will energize area residents, businesses, and organizations to begin reaching out to those who have met challenging circumstances and give them the kindness we have been fortunate and blessed enough to experience.
LISD ADVISORY DIRECTOR
LISD COMMUNITY SERVICES
DISD COMMUNITY SERVICES
DR. JAMIE WILSON
DISD ADVISORY DIRECTORY
DISD COMMUNITY SERVICES
SSGT (RET) JOHNNIE YELLOCK