Dallas Project Assist
UPDATE: Thanks to the help of a number of generous supporters, we collected and spent over $160,000 to purchase furniture to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita evacuees living in the Metroplex area. The furniture was delivered by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society. A hugh thanks to Liz Disco-Shear and all of the staff and volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Society for their tireless efforts. Also, thank you to Joseph Manogue and Laura White of Maverick Capital for their assistance in coordinating this program.
Dallas Stars' Mike Modano and Mayor Laura Miller Kick Off Campaign to Raise Money for Furniture and Household Items for Hurricane Evacuees
The NHL pre-season is gearing up, but Dallas Stars Center Mike Modano is carving out time to help Mayor Laura Miller raise money to buy furniture and furnishing for the Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
Modano and Mayor Miller unveiled DALLAS PROJECT ASSIST, the next phase of the Hurricane Katrina relief initiative, on September 22, at the McCallum Crossing Apartments.
The City of Dallas currently is moving approximately 25,000 evacuees into apartments and houses where they’ll receive subsidized rent and utilities for several months. However, the families are in dire need of simple furniture and basic household items to make their new home livable.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Dallas, will handle the logistics of acquiring the goods, identifying evacuee family needs and arranging deliveries. Major companies are stepping up by offering furniture and furnishing at or below cost. These companies include Wal-Mart, Sam’s Clubs and Target.
AMOUNT RAISED TO DATE:
To date, a total of $135,000 has been raised for Dallas Project Assist, thanks to the generosity of Bonanza Capital, Headington Oil & Gas, Highside Capital, Maverick Capital, Ranger Capital and Walker Smith Capital.
The following companies and community organizations are partnering with Dallas Project Assist: AidMatrix, Atmos Energy, Bell Helicopter/Textron, On-Target, Target, Texas Instruments, University of Dallas and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Clubs.
HOW TO HELP:
Mayor Miller and Modano are asking the general public, local businesses and the faith-based community to donate money and furnishings:
- DONATE MONEY so that essentials like beds, sofas, tables, chairs and lamps can be bought at or below cost from major companies supporting the initiative.
THIS IS THE QUICKEST AND MOST COST-EFFECT WAY TO HELP
- DONATE NEW HOUSEHOLD ITEMS such as silverware/dinnerware, boxed glassware, pots and pans, bedding (twin and double sizes), towels, toiletries and housecleaning items (brooms, mops, cleansers, detergent and such).
- DONATE THE USE OF TRUCKS AND PROVIDE DRIVERS to deliver the furniture and goods in a timely fashion.
- VOLUNTEER to work in the warehouse and in other capacities.
Tax-deductible donations may be made to the non-profit Mike Modano Foundation – Dallas Project Assist. 100% of the money donated will be used to purchase necessary household items for the evacuees. Checks can be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office at Dallas City Hall or at one of the three St. Vincent de Paul warehouses (see below). Mail checks to:
Mike Modano Foundation – Dallas Project Assist
P.O. Box 192291
Dallas , TX 75219
“Our focus at the Mike Modano Foundation is primarily on abused or neglected children,” says Modano, “but this is a crisis we can’t ignore. The evacuees now have apartments or homes, but they have nothing to put in them. And they don’t have the money to buy even the basics that are needed.”
WHERE TO DONATE GOODS:
Drop off checks/cash or donations of new goods to one of three St. Vincent de Paul warehouse locations:
3301 S. Lamar
3801 E. Plano Parkway, Suite 300
Plano (East of Jupiter)
For more information, please call 214-352-SVDP (7837)