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Giving Thanks Through Giving Back

Dallas has a reputation as one of the nation’s most philanthropic metropolitan areas for good reason.

The annual North Texas Day of Giving in September put $62,656,273 into the coffers of 3,351DFW nonprofits. As the saying goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. It is this unique brand of big-hearted humanitarianism that has fueled local charitable giving for years. Here, we highlight just a few examples.

AquaTerra Outdoors
Spirit of a Hero

Tal Thevenot of AquaTerra, which specializes in creating unique outdoor living environments, supports Spirit of a Hero, a local nonprofit dedicated to assisting critically wounded veterans. For example, the entire company worked on a project building a functional backyard for wounded war hero Cpl. Brian Aft, a double amputee. “SOAH wanted wheelchair accessibility, but we delivered an outdoor kitchen, gardening beds, landscaping, and lighting,” Thevenot says. “Our vendors and 100% of our employees helped, it was overwhelming.”

Boom Atomic
Leia’s Kids

For custom fire pit designer and builder Tim Green of Boom Atomic, giving back comes in the form of Leia’s Kids, a childhood cancer charity that supports families with kids ages newborn to 18, often terminally diagnosed, with financial donations, hosting “crown parties,” and messages of comfort and hope. Services include airline tickets, overnight stays at hospitals and hotels, food and supplies, emotional support, and special events for kids and their families. “This is likely the most rewarding aspect of our business,” Green says. “Nothing is more important than paying forward our blessings.”

Clinic Concierge
Magdalen House

Clinic Concierge offers customized at-home healthcare with a team of trained advanced practice providers. Co-founder Lauren Payne and the staff are devoted supporters of Magdalen House. Since 1987, the Dallas chapter has helped thousands of women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism. It’s the only local agency to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding free of charge. “As a woman-owned business, we love supporting other women through the struggles and hardships to help them get to the other side of sobriety and empowerment,” Payne says. “It’s a joy to give back.”

HeadFirst Counseling
HeadFirst Mental Health Initiative

HeadFirst Counseling was founded by Lauren McLaughlin for children, adolescents, adults, and parents as an alternative to stuffy, formal therapy offices. She’s also launching a new nonprofit: The HeadFirst Mental Health Initiative is aimed at reducing the burden of the mental health crisis in Dallas through funding public education on best practices, community outreach, and supplying free therapy services for families and children who otherwise could not afford to pay.

Park Cities Lifestyle
Multiple Area Charities

This publication is also dedicated to providing support to a variety of area charities including the following: Bryan’s House, Dallas Animal Services, Dallas CASA, Dallas Pets Alive, Dogs Matter, Food Source DFW, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Humane Society of North Texas, Kidney Texas, Inc., National Breast Cancer Foundation, NEWH The Hospitality Industry Network, North Texas Food Bank, Operation Kindness, SPCA, 24-Hour Club, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and Spay Neuter Network.

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