Be a Star of Hope

It’s easy to be unaware of how privileged we are. I have always had a bed to sleep in so in turn, I’ve never been grateful for my bed. I’ve never fully appreciated what a luxury it is to have even the barest bed essentials. The sad reality is, my experience is far from the norm for some. Homelessness is an epidemic that doesn’t just effect men, there are thousands of homeleswomen and children who have never had a warm, clean bed to sleep in at night.

Our great city of Houston is full of organizations and groups who fight for a better life for our cities homeless, and one of those groups is very special to our T.A.C.O. hearts. The Star of Hope community is dedicated to not only providing shelter and safety to the homeless of Houston, they are also dedicated to empowering their community through positive, structured programs. The old “teach a man to fish” adage. Programs focused on education, life management, recovery, and growth work to end the cycle of homelessness, rather than placate it.

This fall, Town & Country Orthodontics will be supporting Star of Hope and doing our best to make our Houston community a better place. There are so many different opportunities to give back through Star of Hope and we hope that you will join us on our journey.

So, how can you help? The official Star of Hope website is full of volunteer information, if I were to list them all here we’d be reading this blog until Christmas (fun for me, maybe not so fun for you). Individuals, groups, organizations, there are volunteer opportunities for anyone and everyone who wants to get involved, some of which don’t even require you to leave your home. Notes of encouragement are my personal favorite, who doesn’t like a nice note every morning telling you how awesome you
are? There’s no age limit on volunteering either. Younger kids can take part in the blessed breakfasts and teens can host their own events, art class, pizza parties, field day, or even host a class on their own hobby. Virtual volunteers are the perfect way to give back while juggling your busy fall schedule. The list goes on and on!

So, how are we helping? The T.A.C.O. team is committed to not only raising awareness, but also contributing in any way that we can. Our fall contest, Be A Star of Hope, is going to challenge our patients be stars of hope in their community by earning points through good deeds. Each good deed must be documented with a photo and each good deed is worth one point. If you do a good deed while wearing your T.A.C.O. shirt you get DOUBLE points. Patients who earn 5 points or more will be entered into a raffle and are eligible to win a brand new Kindle Fire. How can you pass up that prize! You can also earn points by bringing donation items to the T.A.C.O. office. We’ll be collecting donations throughout the holiday season so there are plenty of opportunities for you to earn those points!

This is what America's homeless look like.
This is what America’s homeless look like.

Be sure to visit www.sohmission.org for more information on what you can do to help your city. We really hope that you will join us as we raise awareness about Star of Hope and we work to help our community build better lives. As Anne Frank once said, no one ever became poor from giving.

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