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Dez Bryant spreads holiday joy

Michael McGee | 11/18/2013, 10:56 a.m.
Dez Bryant speaks during the Home for the Holidays announcement at Dallas City Hall, Nov. 5. Mike McGee

“He gets such a terrible rap for being as vocal as he is but he is also coming out, reaching out into the community,” she mused. “He’s good on the field and now he’s doing good in the community, so I think it’s a plus. It’s a plus for him.”

Within the Flag Room, sheltered inside the seat of city government and filled with successful men and women, past hardship was not that difficult to find. Bob Lovell of Home Marketing Services Inc. – perhaps best recognized for his “Bless your heart” commercials – talked about why the yearly enterprise was important to him as an HFTH partner.

“I remember a lot of my childhood years when there were no Christmas presents,” he said, noting that his father became disabled when he was 11 years old. “There were years of nothing under the tree.”

Lovell expressed that he was proud to team up with Akins to bring Christmas to those who might not otherwise have it.

“Because it’s something very, very special to me,” he declared.

Contribute to Home for the Holidays by donating new, unwrapped toys, clothing or gift cards. They can be taken to the City Hall Flag Room or 97.9 The Beat, located inside Valley View Mall, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“I encourage everyone, just adopt one family,” Atkins implored the audience during the conference. “Adopt someone you don’t know – just a stranger. Just to say ‘Happy Holiday.’”