Dallas Morning News Charities drive raises more than $1.2 million to help area nonprofits as region struggles with pandemic

The Dallas Morning News Charities annual fundraiser raised more than $ 1.2 million this year to help the homeless and hungry as many continue to grapple with the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

A separate COVID relief campaign distributed more than half a million dollars in 2020. Taken together, the $ 1.72 million transportation is the second highest amount the organization has raised in its 35-year history.

“This has been a time of challenge like no other, where it is easy to despair,” said Leona Allen, associate editor of The News and chairman of the board of the Dallas Morning News Charities. “But the generous donors from our charities this year and every year prove that mutual aid can give us the greatest hope of all.

“Coming together creates the resilience we need to survive whatever lies ahead.”

The campaign kicked off in November with previous donations of $ 463,753. The JL Williams Foundation donated $ 200,000 and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas donated $ 75,000. Members of The News and Belo + Company donated more than $ 18,000.

More than 1,600 donors gave money during the autumn campaign. Last year’s fall campaign raised $ 1.3 million from 1,219 donors.

The donations go to 23 charities in the region. The Dallas Morning News Charities assume all administrative costs to ensure that every dollar donated goes to benefit the nonprofits.

The Dallas Morning News Charities donate to a variety of nonprofits, a mix of shelters, emergency service providers, and rehabilitation programs.

Camille Grimes, executive director of the Dallas Morning News Charities, said the gifts would lead to more services, food and housing for those in need.

“And the offshoot of each donor’s gift is the added hope that affirms that people are not alone or forgotten,” she said. “And many people care deeply about others who are going through tough times.”

Pastor Chris Simmons, who heads Cornerstone Community Development Corporation, said the money the organization received from the Dallas Morning News Charities this year helped them meet the increased demand for services created by the COVID-19 crisis to satisfy.

His group serves impoverished neighborhoods in South Dallas with the aim of breaking cycles of poverty. Even before the pandemic, members of the Simmons community were struggling with hunger and homelessness.

“The pandemic made the situation worse,” Simmons said.

The organization served about 6,500 meals a month. The demand has risen to around 13,000 meals. More and more people come into the group to get coats and gloves so that they stay warm even in winter.

“Without the Dallas Morning News Charities funds, we would not have had the resources to meet these needs,” said Simmons.

The group could use more and more help, he said, adding that the number of volunteers working that year has also decreased. Volunteer ranks are often filled by retirees, but older people are at particular risk of serious COVID-19 complications.

Grant Moise, editor and president of The News, said this year’s donors had shown that “their generosity is limitless”.

“At a challenging time in our economy, some might find it tempting not to give anything back to our community,” he said. “However, our donors have shown that being a citizen means giving something to the less fortunate regardless of their circumstances.”

This year’s campaign started on November 12th and ran through January 31st. Donors can contribute to the Dallas Morning News charities year round.

2020-21 Dallas Morning News Charities Recipient

Allen community outreach

Emergency assistance with rent, supplies, food and clothing for families in Allen, Fairview and Lucas. Financial literacy and GED courses are also offered.


Arlington Life Shelter

Emergency food and shelter, job help and family counseling for homeless men, women and children in eastern Tarrant County.


Austin Street Center

Food, shelter, medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment, and substance abuse counseling for the homeless.


The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center

Emergency and transitional housing, supportive housing services, meals, primary and behavioral medicine, job search and education services for the homeless.


Brother Bill’s helping hand

Food, clothing, medical help for families in West Dallas. Vocational training, parenting, healthy living, and ESL courses are also offered.


Cedar Hill stocks

Provides groceries, clothing, services, and school supplies to families in need in Cedar Hill.



Provides emergency and transitional shelters for homeless children and young adults. Operates a youth emergency shelter for children between the ages of newborns and 17 years and a transition program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 years.


Cornerstone of community development

Programs for the homeless, including shower facilities, wardrobe, health and dental clinics, and meals in the communal kitchen. They also manage transitional housing for ex-imprisoned men, as well as a home and services for pregnant teenage girls.


Crossroads Community Services

Education in food, nutrition, clothing and life skills.


Dallas Life Foundation

Short- and long-term emergency accommodation for homeless men, women and children. Job training, medical and dental services are also offered.


Duncanville Outreach Ministry

Groceries, clothing, and financial assistance with rent, supplies, and prescription medicine for the people of Duncanville.


Family gateway

Protection and support programs for children and families affected by homelessness with full service, including case management, adult and child services and an education program.


Frisco Family Services

Groceries, clothing, and financial assistance with rent / mortgages, utilities, and prescription drugs for families living in Frisco or Frisco ISD. Life skills workshops for adults are also offered.


Harmony Community Development

Harmony provides better access to resources such as a customer’s choice of pantry, social services like full counseling, addiction and trauma recovery, and legal resources and work support.


Lifeline for families

Financial support for families who are homeless or about to become homeless in the Grand Prairie ISD. Life skills training is also offered.


Mission Oak Cliff

A drop-in center for the homeless that includes daily lunches, showers, a wardrobe, pantry and hygiene of the customer’s choice, as well as access to counseling and counseling services and courses such as ESL, nutrition and citizenship


NETWORK of Community Ministries

Food, clothing, financial support for rent and supplies as well as a children’s clinic and a comprehensive senior network program for people aged 60 and over.


North Texas Food Bank – Eat 4 kids

The Food 4 Kids program provides weekend meal assistance for elementary school children who are chronically hungry.


Our call

Faith-based organization specifically serving the unprotected homeless in Dallas. Food, showers, clothes and resources.


Our daily bread

Lunch options, weekend snack packs, bus passes, counseling, personal care products, restricted health care and referrals, answering machines and mailing addresses for the homeless in Denton County.


Promise house

Housing, food, clothing, counseling, educational services and temporary housing for homeless, runaway and vulnerable youth.


Sharing Life Community Outreach

Groceries, clothing, and financial assistance for rent and utilities, education programs, and professional skills for low-income residents of southeast Dallas County.


The stewpot

Urgent and long-term aid to homeless and vulnerable families; Meals; ID documentation; representative payee program; dental, medical and mental health services; Work aid and inner-city youth programs.


Donate or learn more

Visit dmncharities.com. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Dallas Morning News Charities, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX, 75225.

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