In celebration of the season of giving, Buckner has enjoyed serving our many local communities. This week, volunteers from around the area spent time packaging food for Thanksgiving meals, collaborating with both the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks, and sharing a meal with those who need it most.
To kick things off, the Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber joined Buckner International, Kroger and the Mavericks volunteers to package 250 Thanksgiving meals to hand out to vulnerable families in the area.
Cars lined the driveway of the Buckner Humanitarian Aid Center and laughs filled the air as Finney-Smith, Kleber and volunteers greeted each car with a turkey and a bag of sides. The players happily chatted with the kids present and took selfies with the families. The biggest question of the afternoon was whether families call the classic Thanksgiving side dish stuffing or dressing.
Another 200 families of West Dallas were served later at the Texas Rangers Thanksgiving distribution. Texas Rangers players Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Jeffrey Springs and Taylor Hearn helped fill families’ tables and hearts by handing out turkeys, sides and desserts to prepare for the holiday at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by Toyota. Buckner families and volunteers were also in attendance, celebrating the season together through serving and receiving.
In October, multiple tornadoes touched down in Dallas and surrounding communities. Many in Bachman Lake are still facing the devastation and recovery efforts. The Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake decided to bring some holiday cheer to the families affected by hosting a Thanksgiving luncheon at the Bella Luna Event Hall.
A generous donor provided the delicious meal of turkey, ham and traditional sides like mashed potatoes and more. More than 200 parents and children were able to gather and enjoy a little bit of comfort in this season.