Dallas Christmas Cheer has been around for 50 years and is a grass-roots program that was started by local community members. Members who wanted to make sure children and families in need would not go hungry over the holidays. Joining in the efforts made all those many year ago was Dallas Volunteer Fire Department and other volunteers who set about fixing toys and gathering up items for meals. By working together they were able to serve about 50 local families in need.
It was then that Curt Lamb took over the reins. Curt continued to manage the program for over 40 years and in 2000 handed Christmas Cheer over to his son, Warren, and family. Warren Lamb, and Sue Lamb with Scott and Eric strive to continue the legacy of their father and grandfather who loved our community, and to honor his memory.
From these roots Christmas Cheer continues to grow and is a well-known, well-respected local non-profit 501c3 organization that helps families who have fallen on hard times. Christmas Cheer has a Board of Directors and committee members who work hard to keep this program running smoothly.
Directors are responsible for organizing and conducting food drives, fund-raising, outreach, oversight of senior gifts, coordinating book drives with schools. Board Directors manage the application process, attend meetings, as well as contact and secure sponsors for projects. Every December 24th volunteers are coordinated for delivering the packages during the Christmas Cheer pack-out event.
Thanks to Dallas residents generosity Christmas Cheer reaches over 300 local families, approximately 1000 individuals each year. This includes 500 children, and 100 senior citizens. These families live in the greater Dallas area and receive a food box that has enough food for the holiday meal and beyond. The box also includes books and, if donated, toys for the children, or gifts for senior citizens.
The program has evolved over the years but their goal remains the same: to serve those in need within the greater Dallas area.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating this holiday season you can contact Christmas Cheer by following the link below.