Champions

Poiema Foundation

Poiema Foundation

Raising awareness of human trafficking through prevention education and helping victims heal By Sonia Duggan A journey of self-discovery and faith empowered a Rockwall mom of four to educate the public and raise awareness about the second largest and fasting growing criminal industry in the […]

Wylie Retired School Employees Association

Wylie Retired School Employees Association

Championing the way for retired public school employees By Sonia Duggan For six years the educated minds and many talents of the Wylie Retired School Employees Association have been making a difference in Wylie and area communities. The nonprofit not only serves its members by offering […]

Honor Flight DFW

Honor Flight DFW

Honoring our heroes one flight at a time By Sonia Duggan On a warm June Saturday night, friends, family members, and even some strangers, arrive at Love Field to wait for a very special flight returning to Dallas from Washington, D.C. with some incredibly special […]

Lake Lavon Clean-up

Lake Lavon Clean-up

Local group tackles trash, and much more, at the lake By Sonia Duggan A passion for fishing turned a local man into an activist last year when trash, not fish, caught his eye. David Grote, an avid fisherman and freelance photographer, used to find secret, […]

5 Loaves Food Pantry

5 Loaves Food Pantry

By Mariam Ayad It’s 9:45 on a Tuesday morning and there’s already a line forming behind the 5 Loaves Food Pantry in Sachse. The pantry doesn’t open until 10 a.m., but those in need of its services are eager to begin choosing this week’s groceries. […]

Mechanic on a Mission

Mechanic on a Mission

Faith and compassion are his tools of the trade By Sonia Duggan Enter the door of Affordable Auto Services on Parker Road in Wylie on any given day and you’ll get much more than you bargained for. You’ll not only get your car repaired at […]

A Legacy of Love

A Legacy of Love

Custom created bears hold memories for many By Sonia Duggan Comforting others at a time of need is something former pediatric nurse Toni Reese knows how to do very well. So well, in fact, after leaving the nursing profession years ago, today she has clients […]

An Education in Service

An Education in Service

WISD administrator looks for ways to serve students, community By Sonia Duggan When Elizabeth “Liz” Garrett started student teaching at Northeast ISD in San Antonio 48 years ago, little did she know she would culminate her career making a difference for the underserved students at […]

Bold Idea

Bold Idea

Connecting students with technology mentors By Joe Reavis Beginning from a desire to help others, Wylie native Robyn Brown founded the nonprofit Bold Idea three years ago to mentor students in computer coding, preparing them for an increasing technological workforce as well as nurturing their […]

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

Blessings in a box delivered around the world By Sonia Duggan Since 1993 Christmas joy has been delivered around the world in a shoebox by an organization determined to show God’s love to children in need. Though small in size, these shoebox-sized gifts are packed […]