The TownSquareBuzz Foundation's executive director, Bryan Criswell, recently presented representatives from the Community Lifeline Center (CLC) with a check for $1,500. The funds are the culmination of the "Paint McKinney Red" project.
The TownSquareBuzz Foundation, the philanthropic branch of TownSquareBuzz.com, launched a local Red Shirt Fridays campaign called "Paint McKinney Red" to generate awareness for service members, veterans and their families around town. The Foundation, and members of the McKinney business community sold red T-shirts emblazoned with "Honor Those Who Serve" to raise funds for the project.
In March of 2012, Mayor Brian Loughmiller signed a proclamation declaring each Friday in the City of McKinney "red shirt Friday" in support of veterans. Mayor Pro Tem Travis Ussery read the proclamation during an official ceremony, which was held at Square Burger in downtown McKinney and was attended by members of the community and dignitaries
including Congressman Sam Johnson.
"Veterans face many issues once they end their commitment to one of the military branches," Criswell said. "They are often faced with difficulties assimilating back into their community, struggle to find jobs, and are often dealing with depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. We have worked hard to push awareness around these issues our very own veterans, right here in McKinney, Texas, face, for the last 18 months."
The TSB Foundation partnered with Community Lifeline Center (CLC) to add support to their already existing program to aid veterans.
Criswell said, "The Foundation's vision with the 'Pain McKinney Red' campaign was for the entire City of McKinney to blanketed in red to acknowledge our hometown heroes' service, and to give back the funds we raise to assist CLC with their veterans program."
Jennibeth Brackett, veterans program cordinator for CLC, said, "We are so grateful for the generous donation from the TSB Foundation to the CLC Veterans Services Program. Your timing could not be better."
"We are making progress in developing a program for veterans that provides greater support and communication tools for veterans navigating the veteran services programs, as well as increase the communication, partnership efforts and collaboration among veterans service providers. Our goal is to become the prototype for other counties throughout Texas and beyond, so that when veterans need to find help, they know they have a network of support for them just a click away," Brackett said.
Pictured from left: Jennibeth Bracket, Veterans Program Coordinator for CLC, Christine Hockin-Boyd, Executive Director for CLC, Bryan Criswell, Exec. Director for the TSB Foundation, and Jaymie Pedigo, Development Director for CLC
Video from the TSB Foundation proclamation ceremony, March 12, 2012.