Every holiday season I hear lots of good little boys’ and girls’ Christmas lists. They range from bicycles to skateboards and dolls to techie toys. Every so often, and it is more than you think, children share the joy of giving and request presents for others. Today, November 29, is Giving Tuesday and there are a couple of ways you can participate in the act of giving to those in need this holiday season at NorthPark Center.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree
Make the holiday season a memorable one for those in need by giving presents, clothing and necessities through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an Angel, drop off your gift by December 8, and the Salvation Army will make your delivery in time for Christmas. Created in 1979, the Angel Tree is one of the Salvation Army’s most important holiday efforts. NorthPark Center Angel Tree patrons have contributed millions of dollars in donated Christmas gifts to over 40,000 North Texans. The Salvation Army Angel Tree Donation Station is open Monday – Saturday from 10AM – 9PM and Sunday from 12 – 6PM on Level One near Macy's.
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
Bells are ringing at NorthPark Center through December 24 to encourage visitors to donate their spare change through the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, which raises crucial funds for year-round programs at more than a dozen Salvation Army centers in North Texas.
SPCA Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center
The SPCA of Texas’ “Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark Center has provided special adoption experiences for thousands of four-legged animals and their loving new families for 25 years. Assistance is offered at select times to help families choose the right animals for their lifestyle. Adoption fees are $250 for puppies (under 6 months of age), $125 for adult dogs (6 months to 6 years), $50 for senior dogs (7 years or older) or VIP dogs (dogs waiting for homes for more than 30 days), $75 for adult cats (6 months to 6 years) and $125 for kittens. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, all age-appropriate vaccinations, de-worming treatment, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heartworm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia and FIV testing for cats four months and older, a microchip and a free leash or cardboard cat carrier. The Pet Adoption Center is open daily from 12 – 6PM on Level One between Macy's and Dillard's.
SPCA Bark + Build Dog House Competition and Raffle
The SPCA of Texas, the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and TEXO, the Construction Association proudly present the second annual Bark + Build Design/Build Competition and raffle to benefit the SPCA of Texas’ “Home for the Holidays” event. Architects, contractors and design teams come together to create one-of-a-kind dog houses that will be raffled off at NorthPark Center. The dog houses will be judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel, with various award categories. All proceeds from the raffle tickets, available for purchase at NorthPark, will go to the SPCA of Texas. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The competition and raffle serves to foster relationships between architecture and contractor firms and raise awareness and support for the SPCA of Texas’ mission, while exhibiting to the public high-quality design and construction from the talented professional teams. Enter to win before December 5 on Level One between Macy's and Dillard's.
The holidays are sweet at Camp Gingerbread where little ones can decorate gingerbread cookies with their favorite sugary delights, including frosting, nuts, dried fruit, candies and sprinkles. Proceeds benefit Shared Housing, a non-profit organization that facilitates affordable housing options for those in need. Cost is $10 per child. Camp Gingerbread takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 10AM – 5PM and Sunday, December 4 from 11AM – 4PM on Level One near my house in Macy’s Court.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Gingertown Dallas is one of the biggest gingerbread house events in North Texas with proceeds benefiting Children’s Craniofacial Association. Originally founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, Gingertown is a unique holiday initiative which brings together talent from local design, engineering and construction firms for a live build competition to help spread joy and hope during the holidays. Gingertown will be on view starting Wednesday, December 7 near Nordstrom and there will be a donation station set up or you can donate online here.
Treats of Christmas
Join NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale on Saturday, December 17 benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, dozens of premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies present an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies available for purchase.
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Ho, ho, ho! - Santa Claus