This post is from our founder Thomas E. McDaniels
We live in chaotic times. Texas is especially on the forefront of chaos and perilous times. We realize the weight of times like these and the responsibility. It is not only times to connect to the trauma but to realize that we also need to take action. I so appreciate those who just act! I think we also must act strategically, but primarily we need to get in the game.
Some folks just took off to Houston and dove into the solution. These people are caring, brave, and ready to make a difference. Just think if we all just said well I’ll do something later. If all of us chose that, then many would still be stranded on top of their houses. So we appreciate those who just WENT!
So here at the Dream Center we decided to serve on this end and do all that we could to make a difference. We wanted to do what we do best and use what we have. We have facilities, connections and partners.
So we began to use our connections to the community, connections of relationships, and our partners to gather supplies. Our facility is an easy access drop off center for Longview. We have seen many of people drop by and drop off supplies and hundreds more will be coming.
We must also remember that this catastrophic event will not be over for many months to come. It is so easy to respond quickly and move forward without finishing the journey.
So let’s resolve to not forget about the broken lives. The hopelessness that is real and the loss that is unbelievable.
This tragedy will forever change the lives of thousands. Many lost everything. Many will never recover. Some will never rebuild their homes. But we must be a spark of hope.
And even though we can never rebuild a home we can always re-HOPE a Heart.
One of our Partners is J-Star Ministries. J-Star is founded by Patrick Johnson. Patrick has been a champion in serving our community and reaching kids and teens in our city.
Patrick has worked tirelessly in this effort and has been hands-on in loading an unloading materials. Patrick is not an office dweller. He gets his hands dirty and jumps in wherever needed.
If you want to donate please bring your supplies to 803 Gilmer Road in Longview between 9-4 Tuesday through Saturday.
100% of all items go to the Houston area and the organization we are partnering with in that region. We have a company transporting our supplies absolutely free.
Together, We can make a Difference!