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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 8/10/2015, 10:24 a.m.
With the increasing ability to make purchases online, the Grand Prairie Police Department now offers three designated parking spaces in ...

Special to The Dallas Examiner

GRAND PRAIRIE

With the increasing ability to make purchases online, the Grand Prairie Police Department now offers three designated parking spaces in front of the Public Safety Building to complete child pick up/drop off exchanges or business transactions. The Safe Exchange Zone spaces are well lit and under 24-hour surveillance, giving blended families with child custody arrangements a safe location to meet. Also, residents and commuters can feel safe purchasing or exchanging property from online social media sites such as Craigslist and Facebook.

The Safe Exchange Zone Parking is located at the Public Safety Building, located at 1525 Arkansas Lane.

The lobby is also open to the public during business hours to request a check of serial and/or VIN numbers to ascertain if the item(s) are stolen.

For those unable to use the safe zone, here are a few safety tips:

• Use a well-lit, public parking lot with video surveillance.

• Bring a friend or family member along.

• Let others know where and what time you are meeting.

• Avoid meeting at home.

• Avoid nighttime transactions.

DALLAS

The SPCA of Texas will host Clear the Shelters in an effort to find a forever home for all of its shelter animals on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, located at 2400 Lone Star Drive, and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center, located at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney.

The idea was conceived in 2014 when shelter representatives across North Texas gathered to discuss participating in a unified campaign. Within a few weeks, 38 area shelters participated in the effort that turned into the largest adoption event in North Texas history.

In 2014, 163 animals were adopted from the SPCA of Texas and 2,273 throughout North Texas.

This year, the event has a national presence. Currently, more than 300 shelters have signed up to participate.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful event again this year,” said James Bias, president and CEO of SPCA of Texas. “With all of the continued support, we know we’ll clear the shelters again this year.”

More information, along with a full list of participating shelters, can be found at http://www.cleartheshelters.org.

DALLAS

In order to support children going back to school, MetroPCS will make school supplies available to students while also donating $1 to the nonprofit group After-School All-Stars of North Texas, for every activation in one of their stores during the month of August.

Committed to providing comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life, the after-school program serves 240 students in two schools. It strives to make sure their participants are safe and healthy, graduate from high school and continue to college so that they may find a career they love and give back to the community.

“We are really excited to give back to the children of the DFW community by offering free school supplies and supporting After-School All-Stars,” said Peter Slater, director of field marketing for MetroPCS–north central region. “The education of our community’s children is vitally important to our future. It brings great joy to our associates to have a small part in starting the school year off with new supplies to kids in our area.”