First Lady Blog
Guest Post from the Texas Department of Public Safety: Give the Gift of Safe Travel This Holiday Season
The following is information from the Texas Department of Public Safety reminding Texans to stay safe and obey the law when traveling this holiday season. Staying safe and keeping others safe is the best gift we can give each other, so please do your part. From my family to yours, I want to wish all Texans a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This week’s Spotlight is on the winner of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award titled the “First Lady’s Rising Star Award”. This award honors an individual 18 years or younger for their service to their community. Micah Pinson wanted to find a way to give back to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, the hospital that has helped him over the years with a hand deformity. So in 2011, at the age of seven, Micah conceived a community service project that today stands as the largest single toy donation for the hospital.
Wreaths Across America originated in 1992 with one man’s generous effort to remember veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. Each year on Wreaths Across America Day, coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.
Yesterday I had the honor of welcoming the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, to the Texas Gulf Coast. We were joined by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and visited families, schools and organizations in Corpus Christi, Rockport and Aransas Pass for updates on the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
Today is Giving Tuesday! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday) Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving to kick off the charitable holiday season.
We Texans have faced an unprecedented amount of hardship and heartbreak this year, but it has revealed something significant: that everything is bigger in Texas, especially the desire to lend a helping hand.
It’s no secret that promoting volunteerism and service to others is my top priority, and I especially love it when I see young Texans getting involved in giving back at an early age. This coming Saturday, a wonderful organization here in Austin – Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands) – is hosting their inaugural Family Volunteer Day that will leverage the power of hundreds of kids and their families to benefit several local nonprofits.
In 2015, I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural “Yellow Envelope” Luncheon for the Hood County Children’s Charity Fund. One of the oldest charities in Hood County, the Hood County Children’s Charity Fund is a local nonprofit that was established in 1984, originally to provide warm coats for winter to local children in need.