When we help the homeless get back on their feet, the whole community wins

The annual Dallas Morning News Charities donation drive is off to a great start.

We’ve written often on these pages about how so many of our neighbors continue to suffer. We see with our own eyes each day the discouraging signs that our homeless population continues to grow.

What also is true is that this community, time and time again, shows its compassion and steps up to do what it can to help.

We see evidence of that in the near record start to The Dallas Morning News Charities campaign. Just a week after kickoff, more than $550,000 had already been raised to help 23 North Texas agencies that provide shelter for the homeless and feed the hungry.

The campaign started out with more than $440,000, the second-highest kickoff amount in the DMN Charities 34-year history. That holds great promise that the campaign can meet or surpass its $1.5 million goal this year.

And we know the need is great. At last count, there were more than 4,500 homeless people in Dallas and Collin counties, up for the second year in a row. And those who work tirelessly to meet the needs of this hard-to-count population know the numbers are surely much higher.

That’s why we support these nonprofits that provide services such as short-term housing, mental health services, and shower facilities. Some offer clothing and other necessities. They serve meals and connect people with resources to find jobs and get back on their feet.

We are grateful to those of you who have answered the call to help. If you haven’t already contributed, there’s still time to do so. The campaign continues through Jan. 31.

We’re better when we pull together to help those who have fallen on hard times.

To donate or to learn more, visit dmncharities.com. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to The Dallas Morning News Charities, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX, 75225.

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