Dallas is a thriving city with much to offer; however, Dallas also has the one of the highest child poverty rates in the country among cities with more than 1 million people. 30% of Dallas children grow up in poverty, or two of every five children. That means 3,000 kids are currently experiencing homelessness. Vogel Alcove is devoted to helping these children cope with the physical, emotional, and mental trauma they are experiencing so that they might succeed in life despite their circumstances. Day 1 Dallas is an event that benefits Vogel Alcove and is a great way to give back to the community, especially during the holidays and the New Year.
Homeless children are the most invisible and neglected members of our community.
Day 1 Dallas is on New Year’s Day and it’s created for families to have fun together! Historically, this event was held at Fair Park in Dallas, but this year the event to Frisco. In partnership with the Frisco RoughRiders and the Embassy Suites Frisco, they are bringing all of their exciting family friendly activities to Dr Pepper Ballpark and the Embassy Suites Convention Center.
There will be magic acts, games, bounce houses, face painting, live bands, and other fun activities. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on the Day 1 Dallas website. The event will take place from 3-7 pm with fireworks launching at 7. Parking is available at on-site the Embassy Suites and Dr Pepper Ballpark and you can purchase food and drinks on-site through the Dr. Pepper Ballpark concession stands.
Usually around this time of year, I’m filled with joy and gratitude for all that we have and what we’re able to provide for Athena, but it’s also around this time of year that I feel deep sadness for families that are struggling to put food on the table or even provide a warm bed at night. A lot of people don’t know this about me, but a number of years ago, my family went bankrupt and we wondered if we’d have a house to live in or food to eat. With the support of family and friends, we managed to keep our house and always have food on the table but it could have gone drastically different for my family… like so many families that surround us now. It is through this understanding and connection that I sometimes feel like I could do more for the community. With small acts like donating to a family during the holidays, volunteering, or attending events like Day 1 Dallas that give back, my heart begins to feel full again so I wanted to share the opportunity with you during the holidays.