Ways To Give Back!


There are so many great ways to volunteer and give of your time, energy and resources throughout the holiday season. Here are some ideas to get you started…

The Stewpot


What it is: This safe haven for local homeless and at-risk individuals provides resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. 

What they need: Volunteers to serve approximately 1,000 meals and pour beverages seven days a week in the
Second Chance Cafe. 

How to volunteer: Contact meal and volunteer services director Ashlee Hueston at ashleeh@thestewpot.org or 214-382-5919. Include the size of your group, your preferred meal service time, and days of  the week. 

North Texas Food Bank


What it is: Each day, the North Texas Food Bank provides 170,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and 262 partner agencies. 

What they need: The food bank relies on volunteers to help in the pantry, distribution center, and other efforts, but their greatest need is food to make up the 62 million meals they distribute a year.  

How to volunteer: Host a canned-food drive. Individuals, groups, and organizations of all sizes can rally to contribute. For the handbook, how-to-get-started checklist, and list of most-wanted items, check out the “donate food” section of the website. Contact the team at cfd@ntfb.org or 214-270-1996 with questions. 

The Salvation Army DFW Angel Tree


What it is: The Angel Tree started in 1979 as a way to spread the holiday spirit to children in need. Now, hundreds of trees are scattered around town in local malls and organizations. The trees enable families and individuals to fulfill Christmas wishes for 50,000 people who can’t afford to on their own. 

What they need: Volunteers to help with collecting donations, as well as donors to adopt those in need by selecting an angel tag from a tree. A list of items will be included on the angel, and donors drop their gifts back to the tree by the date listed on their tag. 

How to volunteer: Go to participating shopping centers and organizations (a list is on their website) from Nov. 6 to Dec. 9 to find your angel. For more information about volunteering, contact christmassupport_dfw@uss.salvationarmy.org. 

VNA Holiday Gift Project


What it is: VNA helps the elderly maintain their independence. They provide the popular Meals on Wheels program as well as the Holiday Gift Project, which facilitates the delivery of 4,000 toiletry items on Christmas.

What they need: The VNA collects donated toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotions, shampoo, socks, and washcloths. They also rely on volunteers to help with inventory, collect donations, wrap items, and deliver gifts. 

How to volunteer: Host a private wrap party and bring the requested items to the VNA to wrap and decorate with friends. Or attend one of two wrap parties on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Dec. 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the VNA Haggerty Center. 

Toys for Tots


What it is: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve puts on this annual event to collect new toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. 

What they need: Volunteers to sort toys in the warehouse and distribute them to the approved agencies.  

How to volunteer: Visit the website to complete the Gratuitous Service Agreement and email to dfwtoys4tvc@yahoo.com. A volunteer coordinator will contact you with available shifts. Or donate a new, unwrapped toy. Check the website for drop-off locations. 

Wilkinson Center Food Pantry Holiday Drive


What it is: The Wilkinson Center is a poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor that provides a food pantry as well as adult education services and a family literacy program to help those in need gain employment and empowerment. 

What they need: The food pantry accepts food donations year-round, but during the holiday months they are especially in need of canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soups, stews, and spaghetti sauce. 

How to volunteer: You can drop off your items at the food pantry by Dec. 17. Contact Adrienne O’Connor at 972-284-0301 or adrienne_oconnor@
wilkinsoncenter.org to schedule a drop-off. 

Home for the Holidays


What it is: The SPCA of Texas raffles off 20 custom-made, one-of-a-kind doghouses built by architects and contractors. They are on display from Nov. 16 through Dec. 7 at NorthPark Center. Plus, the agency will have adoptable cats and dogs ready to find their forever homes. 

What they need: Families and individuals ready and willing to adopt a new dog or cat. Already have a pet? Volunteer your time by working the event. 

How to volunteer: Head to NorthPark Center anytime from Nov. 27 to Dec. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. to find your future furry friend. Or enter the raffle from Nov. 16 through Dec. 7 for a chance to win a doghouse. Check out spca.org/volunteer to find out how you can help with the event.

Christian Center of Fort Worth


(Haltom City)-This agency has a need for a variety of volunteers to help low-income families in Tarrant County.  Contact them at 817-834-5595 to find out more information.

Community Enrichment Center


(North Richland Hills) offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including; boxing and delivering food at the food pantry, GED tutoring, greeting neighbors getting food, childcare, sorting donations at our second hand shop, tutoring children, helping search for jobs and update resumes, tax assistance program, budgeting classes, empowering seniors, computer intake specialists, food and toy drives, adopting a child or family at Christmas. We have several special events including “Back To School” and “Family Christmas Event” when we need volunteers to guide families through the event.

Community Storehouse


(Keller)-They have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Throughout the year, they need volunteers to help them sort clothing, assist in their food pantry or office, and also help them with programs such as their Summer Reading Program, Back to School Program, and Christmas House.


What is OPEN and CLOSED on Thanksgiving!


Stores CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day: 

  1. A.C. Moore
  2. Abt Electronics
  3. Academy Sports + Outdoors
  4. Ace Hardware
  5. At Home
  6. Babies R Us
  7. BJ’s Wholesale Club
  8. Blain’s Farm and Fleet
  9. Burlington
  10. Cost Plus World Market
  11. Costco
  12. Craft Warehouse
  13. Crate and Barrel
  14. Dillard’s
  15. dressbarn
  16. DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
  17. Ethan Allen
  18. Gardner-White Furniture
  19. Guitar Center
  20. H&M
  21. Half Price Books
  22. Harbor Freight
  23. Hobby Lobby
  24. Home Depot
  25. HomeGoods
  26. Homesense
  27. IKEA
  28. JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  29. Jos. A. Bank
  30. La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
  31. Lowe’s
  32. Marshalls
  33. Mattress Firm
  34. Micro Center
  35. Mills Fleet Farm
  36. Music & Arts
  37. Neiman Marcus
  38. Nordstrom
  39. Nordstrom Rack
  40. Office Depot and OfficeMax
  41. Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
  42. P.C. Richard & Son
  43. Party City
  44. Patagonia
  45. Petco
  46. PetSmart
  47. Pier 1 Imports
  48. Publix
  49. Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
  50. REI (closed Black Friday too)
  51. Sam’s Club
  52. Sears Hometown Stores
  53. Sears Outlet
  54. Shoe Carnival
  55. Sierra Trading Post
  56. Sportsman’s Warehouse
  57. Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  58. Staples
  59. Stein Mart
  60. Sur La Table
  61. The Container Store
  62. The Original Mattress Factory
  63. TJ Maxx
  64. Tractor Supply
  65. Trollbeads
  66. Von Maur
  67. West Marine

Restaurants OPEN on Thanksgiving Day: 

  1. Blue Mesa Grill, Arlington
  2. Buffalo West
  3. The Capital Grille
  4. Cast Iron Grill
  5. Chef Point Cafe
  6. Del Frisco’s Grille
  7. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
  8. Lonesome Dove
  9. Mimi’s Cafe
  10. Silver Fox
  11. Woodshed Smokehouse
  12. Cool River Cafe
  13. III Forks
  14. Buttons
  15. Heaven’s Gate Restaurant
  16. Smply Fondue
  17. Gaylord Texan (3 Restaurants open)
  18. Luby’s

Other services open and closed on Thanksgiving: 

All nonessential city, federal, state and county offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. Banks, stock markets and the U.S. Postal Service will also be closed.

Most school districts are closed all week.

Many city offices will be closed Friday as well,including: Arlington, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haslet, Hurst , Haltom City, Keller, Lake Worth, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Saginaw and Southlake.
Museums closed Thursday: Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History, Kimbell Art Museum, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Amon Carter Art Museum of American Art (closed Thursday through Saturday).

Trash collection
No trash will be picked up anywhere Thursday. After that, schedules vary by city. For those not listed, check the city’s website.

Services resumes on next scheduled collection day: Arlington, Colleyville, Keller, Lake Worth and Mansfield.

Thursday pickups will shift to Friday; Friday pickups to Saturday: Bedford, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Hurst, North Richland Hills and Southlake.

Residents in Fort Worth are allowed two extra bags of trash on their first pickup the day after Thanksgiving. Fort Worth’s four drop-off stations will be closed Wednesday-Thursday and will reopen Friday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Last-minute groceries:

Grocery stores that will be open and closed Thursday in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Whole Foods Market: Open until 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Central Market: Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Kroger: Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m Thanksgiving Day.

Sprouts: Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Tom Thumb: Open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Trader Joe’s: Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Eatzi’s: Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Walmart: Open all day Thanksgiving Day.

Market Street: Closed Thanksgiving Day.

In the Sack: Closed on Thanksgiving.

Albertsons: Open from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Thanksgiving.

Natural Grocers: Closed on Thanksgiving.

Target: Closed during the day. Open at 6 p.m. for Black Friday shopping.

Aldi: Closed Thanksgiving Day.


Floss like a Boss

Did you know if you are not flossing your teeth, you are missing 1/3 of your tooths surfaces when you brush your teeth?

So many of the cavities we see in our office every day are due to simply not flossing.

Flossing takes less than ONE minute to do. So why is this very important self-care step  skipped? We all have one (or two) minutes a day that can be utilized to floss and it can really help keep your teeth, gums and health in tip top shape!



Charcoal…Is it good for your “grill?”

You have probably seen friends on social media talking about charcoal “whitening” toothpaste.

Charcoal toothpaste is not a new idea as it has been around since ancient Roman times. It was not a good idea then and is still not a good idea. Charcoal is way too abrasive to brush your teeth with. It would be like scrubbing your face with sandpaper…except the skin on your face grows back as opposed to your tooth enamel which does not grow back. Toothpaste abrasiveness is measurable as relative dentin abrasivity (RDA) and should not exceed 200. To avoid tooth sensitivity and gum recession use toothpaste that are safe and approved.

Moral of the story…keep the charcoal on your outdoor grill, not your teeth!

How to Get Your Kids to BRUSH their Teeth!

The best way to get your kids to brush their teeth is pretty simple

…..model it for them!

SHOW your kids how you brush your teeth. Let them watch you in the morning and evening when you are brushing and flossing. Model great behavior and therefore, TEACH them how to brush properly.

Check out the video below and as always, our “Smiles for Kids” Pinterest board has a ton of great ideas!

“Smiles for Kids” Pinterest board : http://pin.it/LE_Lr0k

What is in your drink?

Did you know that in your fancy gourmet coffee there may
be 11 teaspoons of sugar?
Did you know that in the cola that you are drinking there may be 9 teaspoons of sugar?

Did you know that in that energy drink there may be 7 teaspoons or more of sugar?

Did you know that your body is craving water and that water is essential for life?

Let’s all drink more water and consume much less sugar. We will be healthier for it!

Dr. R Renan Williams