Query • 12.24.10

Have you done any special giving project for the holidays?

Ivana Tramp Gomez — “Following a tradition my late uncle started in the 1980s, I try as often as I can to drive around downtown Dallas handing out jackets that I have collected from family and friends to homeless people.”

Cindy Noble Cole — “Gathered coats for the 24 Hour Club, a wonderful rehab/home for alcoholics and drug addicts. Also my daughter’s job sponsored a military family this Christmas — a single father with a 13-year-old son.”

Ty Larson — “Every year, my family goes to all of our friends and collects clothing, toys and food for families in need in Grand Prairie, where my mother works as a kindergarten teacher.”

Jason A Walker  — “The husband of a teacher at the school where I work is dying of lung cancer. They had no Christmas decorations up and she didn’t have time or energy to put them out. I got a group of students together and we went to their home and put their decorations out for them.”

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 24, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

WATCH: Houston megachurch pastor Joel O’Steen equates gays to drunks, drug addicts

We honestly thought Barbara Walters was going to ask Joel O’Steen whether he’s homosexual when she brought up the issue of an evangelical pastor in Georgia who recently came out (Jim Swilley) on Tuesday’s The View. She didn’t. But if O’Steen were gay, he says he would probably have to step down from Lakewood Church, even though he could still be a member: “We don’t have a sign at the door: ‘No gays, no drunkards, no people on drugs.’ We’re for everybody.” Well that’s great, pastor, because so is this!

—  John Wright