Spirit of Giving: MCCGD’s coat drive for the homeless

EDITOR’S NOTE: As the holiday season kicks into high gear, the LGBT community of North Texas once again is responding in a variety of ways to help out those who are less fortunate.

This week Dallas Voice profiles five events intended to raise funds or other donations for a number of different causes. But the community’s good will doesn’t end with these events.

If you know of an individual, business or organization that is holding or participating in a charitable holiday event or effort, email the information to editor@dallasvoice.com.

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Colleen Darraugh

This year for the sixth year, Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas is collecting coats for the homeless.

The first delivery will go to clients of AIDS Interfaith Network, said the Rev. Colleen Darraugh, MCCGD pastor. Of people with AIDS in Dallas, that organization’s clients are among the most at-risk and most likely to be homeless, she said.

Darraugh said that the annual coat drive has expanded this year to include sweats, hoodies and socks.
“A dry pair of socks can make all the difference,” she said.

The church kicked off its holiday season of giving by participating in Saturday Night Live at AIN, in which a group prepared a weekend supper for clients and provided  entertainment. After dinner, the 27 volunteers sent AIN’s clients home with bags of granola bars, apples and oranges in addition to leftovers.

Darraugh said the need is so great, members of the church by themselves can’t provide everything AIN’s clients need.

“So we’re asking people to ask neighbors and co-workers to contribute,” she said.

They are collecting items every Sunday at the church at 1840 Hutton Drive #100 in Carrollton.

Anyone who would like to help with delivery is welcome to join. Darraugh said they have a borrowed horse trailer that they expect to be filled with items. After stopping at AIN near downtown Dallas, they will distribute items to people living on the street.

But Darraugh said the need doesn’t end at Christmas, and the church will continue collecting items to make a January delivery as well.

She said that especially those not staying in a shelter often lose what little they have when they leave their items unattended.

To arrange to make a donation during the week, to participate in the delivery of items to the homeless or for more information, call the church at 972-243-0761.

— David Taffet

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 2, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Deaths • 10.14.11

Harry Wayne Dalton, 57, of Dallas died Oct. 6.

He was born in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 6, 1954, to Zelica “Ann” Smith Dalton and Lewis Clyde Dalton Jr., and was a long-time resident of Arlington, Va., where he worked for Sprint Communications.

He moved to Texas in 1996 and became an active member and volunteer at the Carrollton Senior Center until his declining health prevented it. Dalton was a long time member of MCC Washington, D.C., and later MCC of Greater Dallas. He also participated in the MCCGD Men’s Ministry.

Dalton was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Lewis Ronald Dalton.

He is survived by his mother, Zelica “Ann” Dalton of Carrollton; his sister and brother-in-law, Lisa Dalton Perkinson and Larry Perkinson of Saudi Arabia; his nephew, Jason Kendall Perkinson of Richmond, Va.; his niece, Heather Mangum, and her husband and daughter, Matt and Hayden Mangum, of Dacula, Ga. He is also survived by his extended family and friends of Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at MCC of Greater Dallas, 1840 Hutton Drive, Suite 100, inCarrollton, with the Rev. Colleen Darraugh and the Rev. Steven Pace officiating.

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Stephen Bishop of Fort Worth died Oct. 9.

Born in Sacramento, Calif., Bishop moved to Fort Worth with his parents as a young child, living most of his life here and keeping his roots in Dallas-Fort Worth no matter where he went. He graduated from Eastern Hills High School, and then went on to Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned his master’s degree in fine arts, with a specialization in costuming.

After college, Bishop did freelance costume design in Florida and California, and then went on to design costumes for the Bristol Renaissance Fair near Chicago, Ill. He also worked for Frankels Costumes in Houston and Incredible Productions in Dallas before making his own mark on the costuming world through a joint venture with Wendy Dillard called The Creative Alliance.

Bishop and Dillard created costumes for church groups and Incredible Productions, and they coordinated the costumes for the Dallas Christmas Festival at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano for several years. One of his greatest costuming achievements were the angels in the Christmas Festival who actually seemed to fly during the performance. He also costumed the Casa Manana production of The Music Man at Bass Hall.

Bishop loved roller coasters and was a card carrying member of American Coaster Enthusiasts. He loved big band music, the Carpenters, Glee and Broadway show tunes. He was also a member of the Fort Worth Scottish Association. His family and friends offered a special “thank you” to the staff at Kindred Hospital who treated Bishop and his family with tender loving care in their time of need.

Bishop was preceded in death by his father, Tom Bishop.

He is survived by his mother, Stella Bishop; his uncle, Gordon Dollar; his cousin, Angela Bandy; his aunts, Joyce Morris and Margie Ford; his caretaker and dear, friend Edmund Wirfel; his six cats and a host of friends across the country that will miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth with interment to follow at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AIDS Services of North Texas.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 14, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens