On Saturday, December 19th an estimated 50,000 Southern Dallas residents gathered at Fair Park for the 17th Annual Christmas in the Park hosted by the S.M. Wright Foundation. Some came for basic necessities like clothes and food while others came to find a toy or bike to help make a child’s Christmas wish come true. There was also a Coats for Kids section where brand new winter coats were handed out. Pat & Emmitt Smith, along with Reverend S.M. Wright II, kicked off this magical event with words of gratitude and a prayer to bless the day's event.
Our Team 22 kids joined us to volunteer at registration and experience the joy of giving. Run by the S.M. Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support and stability to inner-city underprivileged children and less fortunate families in the South Dallas/Fair Park community. The S. M. Wright Foundation helps many families in need, through its community program centers, the South Dallas Community Food Center, its South Dallas Community Resource Center, the Community Furniture Bank, the Dallas Financial Literacy and Tutoring Center, its Beds for Kids Center, as well as the Annual Christmas at Fair Park event. To learn more, visit http://www.smwrightfoundation.org/.
Photos by Cynthia Smoot