Special to The Dallas Examiner
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded a grant totaling $1,397,132 to the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Clinic, Dec. 23. The clinic provides a wide range of medical, dental, behavioral health and specialty health services to Dallas/Fort Worth residents.
The City of Dallas will hold a series of public meetings and a Telephone Town Hall meeting to inform residents of the potential uses of U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development funds and to receive resident input on how the City uses these federal grant funds to address community needs.
The public meetings began Monday at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center for residents in District 7 and Dallas City Hall for District 14. Additional meetings were held for Districts 10 and 12 the following day. Meetings will continue to be held at 6 p.m. at various locations throughout the city until Jan. 16.
Upcoming meetings are as follows:
- Today at Jaycee Zaragoza Recreation Center, 3114 Clymer St. for District 6.
- Monday at Prairie Creek Branch Library, 9606 Lake June Road for District 5.
- Tuesday at Hampton-Illinois Branch Library, 2951 S Hampton Road for District 3.
The city-wide Telephone Town Hall Meeting will be available through Virtual TTHM Meeting, Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. To receive an invitation to join the meeting, visit https://tthm.wufoo.com/ forms/fy-202021-consolidated-plan-public-meetings. To obtain a slide presentation and documents, visit https://dallascityhall.com/departments/budget/communitydevelopment.
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, an international children’s gym, will host a grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Dallas to provide sensory-safe play for kids with autism, special needs and neurotypical development. The opening and celebration will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11722 Marsh Lane, Ste. 336. The event is open to the public, and families with children from all walks of life are encouraged to come.
With the motto, “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry,” the gym will feature 10 pieces of therapeutic equipment specifically designed to work with many of the sensory processing issues that children on the spectrum face, while providing all children with the sensory-diet necessary for improved learning and neurological development. Specialized equipment will include the trampoline, swings and a zip line.
Also, 20 percent of the proceeds from admission will go to the My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation. Learn more at http://www.wrtsfranchise.com.
The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood.
“Declines in donations can affect patient care,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”
Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Villa Piana Apartments, 13500 Noel Road
- Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Trammell Crow Center, 2010 Flora St.
- Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Uplift Peak Preparatory, 4600 Bryan St.
- Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Foundry Commercial, 8144 Walnut Hill Lane
- Jan. 19 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave.
- Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at American Red Cross Dallas Chapter, 2055 Kendall Drive
- Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Norma’s Cafe, 9100 at North Central Expressway #151
- Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Crescent Real Estate, 200 Crescent Court
Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org to find additional locations.