This week, individuals across the world are being recognized as part of International Volunteer Week (April 10-16) for their time and efforts put forth towards charities in their communities.
A Texas resident and mom that deserves to shine this week is Christi Wren of Dallas, Texas, for her continued support to Starlight Children's Foundation.
Christi Wren has a heart as big as Texas.
As an instructor at the Art Institute of Dallas, she is determined to help young people reach their dreams to become successful designers, and as an active community volunteer, she demonstrates a unique level of compassion and care through hours of volunteer service with Starlight Texas.
For four years, since joining our Starlight Texas Leadership Council, she has been a very active volunteer and contributor. Christi has participated in fundraisers, toy drives and Great Escapes. She chaired last year's Starlight Holiday Tea in Dallas, which raised more than $20,000. Her family has sponsored Starlight Fun Centers in Abilene (to serve the kids near my hometown ) and Dallas ( so my sons will understand how important it is to help those in need ) and most recently, her support extended far south to Laredo for the Women's City Club Starlight Tea.
Christi lives about 450 miles north of Laredo, but when she heard that Starlight children in Laredo would be the judges for the event's iron-chef style cooking competition, she enlisted support from the Art Institute's Chef Instructor Steven Pilat and they went to work creating personalized chef jackets for each child. We know this task took many hours because Christi literally reconstructed the jackets to ensure a proper fit and she personalized each one by stitching on the event's logo and each child's name.
According to Christi, [Starlight kids] need to feel special and we're going to make it happen. She did, and they did! Each child sat a little taller at the judges table wearing their official jacket.
Christi is an exemplary, can-do leader. No task is too small or too great and she demonstrates 100 percent commitment to our families. She is a great ambassador for Starlight, engaging friends and family to help and though she is always busy with her career and her family, she is never too busy to help with any task for Starlight.
She Is Dallas Info: This information was written by Mark Ford, Community Development Officer, Starlight Texas. To learn more information about The Starlight Children’s Foundation, visit there website or ‘Like’ them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.