Before I ever imagined becoming a member of Congress, I was a small business owner in Fort Worth who enjoyed being active in my community, initially through the Zoning Commission and later on City Council. I knew then what I still know today: my hometown is a place where neighbors will help neighbors. As mayor of Fort Worth, I was able to witness the huge impact of small community acts.
Today, as your Congressional Representative, I am proud of the endless ways I see our district come together. Here are just a few examples I’d like to share, from different parts of Texas District 12.
In Azle, the Azle Lions Club demonstrates consistent dedication to those in need. The Lions Club runs a clothes pantry that the schools can access if they notice a student wears the same clothes every day or is not dressed appropriately for the season, in addition to providing backpacks, vision tests, and glasses. Their Angel Tree program, which I was happy to see in action a few weeks ago, ensures that every child in Azle receives an entire outfit, including a coat and shoes, and multiple toys for the holidays. The thought and detail that go into each of these programs is astounding; no child is left behind. Just down the hall from the Lions Club team, Good N.E.W.S. volunteers work to aid the elderly. Good N.E.W.S. provides minor home repairs, household chores, yard work, shopping assistance, transportation, respite for care takers, and more.
In Decatur, Wise Health System recently partnered with Acts for Others to offer free haircuts, eye exams, flu shots, legal aid, and financial counseling at the Wise Gives fair – not to mention the Santa visit for kids. Wise Health System also worked with the Eaton family to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to our community. This means that every child born at Decatur hospital will be eligible to receive a new book every month from infancy until the child is five years old, at no cost to the family. As an educator, programs like this have a special place in my heart, and I am so glad to know that Wise County is making efforts to support young readers.
My list could go on and on: the Weatherford Stars and Strides Stables offering therapeutic horseback riding, the Careity Foundation bringing hope to cancer patients in Parker County, the Taste Project in Fort Worth providing pay-what-you-can restaurant meals, and so many more. These acts of community service just scratch the surface.
Thank you to all who make our district a true community. I urge you all to get involved!