Christmas came early for the families of Hope’s Door when more than 50 volunteers, the Dallas Stars Foundation, and Santa paid a special visit to the domestic violence shelter.
Thanks to a grant totaling $25,000 from the Dallas Stars Foundation, volunteers including Stars assistant coach, Paul Jerrard, and alum, Bob Bassen , spent their Saturday pouring concrete, replacing mulch, and building a state-of-the-art playground.
“The build went extremely well. We had fantastic volunteers both from the Dallas Stars Executive staff and Pro Players Foundation. With the help of Child’s Play, Inc. and Pro Players Foundation we were able to provide a playground for Hope’s Door that children of this shelter can enjoy for many years,” Christa Melia from the Dallas Stars Foundation, said.
PHOTO GALLERY: See the day of service at Hope's Door
That new found joy is something that has been missing from the lives from many of the children in the shelter.
“Because the children in our shelter and in hiding, they are not able to play outside like they would if they were still in their homes. Thanks to this generous donation, these children will have a wonderful new place to play in safety and will be able to use the gift of play to help them heal from the trauma of witnessing abuse.” Kelly Vaughan, Hope’s Door Director of Development, said.
The holiday cheer didn’t end with the construction. Santa Claus made a special appearance, bringing the holiday spirit and fulfilling the Christmas wishes of the 27 children in the transitional program by handing out gifts for each child, as well as bicycles complete with helmets and pads for the shelter.
“It was nice to see the new bikes and the new playground with new mulch the kids were going to enjoy for Christmas and beyond,” Dallas Stars Alumni Association Director, Bob Bassen said. “The playground build was a perfect setting for my family and I to spend a Saturday morning helping such an important cause. We love to support the Stars Foundation and The Pro's Player Foundation.”