Motivated by a desire to reach out to oft-forgotten children, Fort Worth Dad Drew Myers decided to give the kids at Fort Worth’s Presbyterian Night Shelter a chance to do something special.
“The No. 1 reason kids don’t volunteer is because no one asks them [to],” he says. SLANT45 made it easy (providing a guidebook) and Myers sat down with the kids to let them decide what really needed to be addressed. Their concerns? Animals and the environment. Their solution? Renovate the Fort Woof Dog Park.
On July 10, Team GBT (Giving Back Team) trekked out to the park for the big event. They got down and dirty by digging and spreading decomposed granite, had a question and answer session with Homeward Bound animal shelter and passed out towels, water and adoption information to passersby.
“They really owned [this project],” Myers says of his team (12 kids in grades 2-8).
For these kids, says Myers, going to Cowboys Stadium in January is an opportunity they never imagined they’d have (only those who participate in SLANT45 are invited). But he’s amazed at how they’ve stepped up to the plate—not for the chance to meet local and national stars, but because of their “huge hearts and desire to give back.”