Champions

Responders for Christ

Responders for Christ

Texas Baptist Men serve disaster victims year round By April Towery From Alto, Texas, to Mozambique, the Texas Baptist Men group is staying true to the scripture, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” The group formed […]

Profit for a purpose

Profit for a purpose

Hope’s Gate opens new doors for orphans, at-risk youth By Sonia Duggan Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Wylie on the “other” side of Ballard Avenue is a store where profits earned are used to give hope to orphans and break the cycle […]

Friends for life

Friends for life

Patriot Paws offers service dogs to disabled veterans By April Towery Adisabled veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is unable to go to his son’s ball games. He can’t leave the house and endure the crowds and the noise.  He wakes in the middle of […]

Military museum a hidden treasure

Military museum a hidden treasure

By Joe Reavis Visitors to the Military Heritage Collection of North Texas will come away pleasantly surprised and planning their next visit when they see the scope of artifacts displayed in four nondescript buildings, or if they take the opportunity to drive an armored vehicle. […]

Streetside Showers

Streetside Showers

Bringing hope to those who need it most By Sonia Duggan In the morning, in the evening, or post workout, who doesn’t love a good, hot shower? Water running down your face, lathering up with your favorite soap and shampoo before wrapping yourself in a […]

Bed Start

Bed Start

Sharing beds and furnishings with neighbors in need By Sonia Duggan It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning in a parking lot across the street from Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano. Cars and trucks file in, many carrying sleepy teenagers needing last minute […]

COPE: Cost of Poverty Experience

COPE: Cost of Poverty Experience

connects churches, communities By Sonia Duggan For 2 ½ hours on a cold, blustery February day I experienced poverty. I was a 65-year old woman married to a 67-year-old man living on a very restricted income. We lived in an apartment on income from my […]

Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas

Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas

By Sonia Duggan A future generation of female entrepreneurs officially hit the streets throughout Northeast Texas January 11 to sell a product that will help fund educational activities, community projects, leadership programs and travel opportunities. Sales of Girl Scout cookies -Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, […]

A Year of Champions

A Year of Champions

By Sonia Duggan The 2018 In & Around Champions are a varied bunch. They include a charismatic mechanic, a teddy bear maker, the local retired teachers association, a search and rescue group and many more. They all have made an impact in some way in […]

The Coventry Reserve

The Coventry Reserve

A Community of Discovery for Adults with Special Needs By Sonia Duggan Christmas comes just once a year, but for the students at Coventry Reserve their workshop is a Creative Skills Center where they have been busy creating one-of-a-kind pieces for months in anticipation of […]