Project 24: The Jared Williams Story, Episode 4

Giving back: Dallas responds

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While the students of Pinkston High School build support within the DISD student body, raising thousands of dollars, the Williams family's needs are great.  Project 24 board members LaMontry Lott  and Carlton Oby describe how the community, Mayor Tom Leppert, DISD Superintendent Hinojosa and many others became involved and helped make Project 24 a success.

Norman Henry of Builders of Hope responded by donating the land that will eventually become the homesite.  Builders of Hope is a faith-based organization whose principal mission is to transform West Dallas.  As part of that effort, they have constructed over 170 homes in West Dallas.  Norman Henry led the effort to bring together funds and organizations who would eventually construct the wheelchair-accessible home. 

Numerous donors such as Education is Freedom, Park Cities Presbyterian Church, the Rees-Jones Foundation, Williamsburg Custom Homes, donated money, time, materials and expertise towards the construction of the home.

"Big Al" Mack, a popular co-host on the Kidd Kraddick radio show on 106.1FM in Dallas, took the initiative and raised the funds necessary to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle for the Williams.  Big Al owns the McKinney Avenue Tavern in Uptown, Dallas, and he graciously donated proceeds from the tavern and also helped bring others such as Kidd Kraddick and his friends together to raise the necessary $32,000 required to purchase the vehicle.

Episode 4 is a prime example of how a community can respond to help others.


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