This week we’ll continue to highlight the winners of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards by spotlighting David Godwin, the Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award winner. This award recognizes the exemplary service of an individual who has volunteered for a minimum of 15 years. Houstonian David Godwin is a retired volunteer and humanitarian, but David’s service doesn’t appear to match that of someone who considers themselves retired.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Lubbock, the South Plains Food Bank covers a 20-county service area and feeds over 57,000 individuals a year. The South Plains Food Bank aims to end hunger, give hope, and enrich lives. There are many programs at this food bank, such as Mobile Pantry, Children’s Feeding Programs, or Farm, Orchard and GRUB, all contributing to a stronger West Texas community.
After four of the six campuses in Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD in Orange County were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, a different kind of flooding followed. A welcome flood of support. The students of Magnolia ISD, some 2 hours away in Montgomery County northwest of Houston, have adopted their “neighbors” and are raising funds to help Little Cypress-Mauriceville schools replace library books, band instruments, athletic uniforms, school supplies and more.
This is a trying time for our state as many of our fellow Texans continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. But many Texans have asked me what they can do to help, and I encourage those who can to contribute to the Rebuild Texas Fund.