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Ultimate Gift

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Southlake Chapter Ultimate Gift

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:59 -- Heidi Holguin

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The Southlake YMSL Chapter was honored to partner with Spokes4Hope for our 2016 Ultimate Gift Project. 

 

Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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The Southlake YMSL Chapter was honored to partner with Spokes4Hope for our 2016 Ultimate Gift Project. 

 

Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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Spokes4Hope works with children's advocacy centers across Texas and their dedicated groups of child abuse care providers to provide bicycles to children whose families could not otherwise afford one, or by providing an adaptive bicycle to children with special needs and physical disabilities.

Spokes4Hope meets a need in our community in a very tangible way.  Some children are able to experience for the first time riding a bicycle…a very essential and enjoyable play skill...as a result of receiving a bicycle through this program!

 

The Southlake Chapter assembled 100 bicycles from start to finish!  Moms worked with their sons to put bicycles together, fill the tires with air, complete quality control checks, and finish with a personalized handwritten gift tag.  The following weekend, several members participated in the Spokes4Hope giveaway event at Cabela's in Fort Worth where Santa arrived in his very own helicopter to give bicycles away with local police officers!

 

The Ultimate Gift Event was a special opportunity, and the smiles on the childrens’ faces at the giveaway revealed the great impact that a heart for service and a bicycle can have on a family.

 

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The YMSL Carrollton Chapter delivered a great Ultimate Gift to the Agape House in East Plano

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:56 -- Heidi Holguin

The YMSL Carrollton Chapter delivered a great Ultimate Gift to the Agape House in East Plano. Our chapter prepped, sprayed, landscaped, and painted an entire house in one day! What an exciting day for our boys & moms to be able to serve three precious families who live in this house! It was awesome working with the Agape House and our wishlist donations of gift cards to Home Depot & Lowes provided all of the painting materials , supplies, and mulch for the playset in the backyard. I huge thank you to everyone in our chapter!!

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YMSL Lakes Ultimate Gift

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:53 -- Heidi Holguin

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The newly formed Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Lakes and Keller Chapters joined forces to present their very first Ultimate Gift to a local non-profit organization in Southlake.  Amy’s Wish With Wings, a Spirithorse Center that operates out of Ride With Pride Horsemanship School on Highland Ave, received a new Sensory Trail for its special needs riders.  Construction of the trail was completed in just 2 days by 130 YMSL mothers and sons (85 from Lakes & 45 from Keller) and required 10 dump trucks full of volleyball sand (that’s 150 tons of sand!), 1,000 linear feet of Geotech soil liner, 2 tractor loaders and countess wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes.

 

The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The newly formed Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Lakes and Keller Chapters joined forces to present their very first Ultimate Gift to a local non-profit organization in Southlake.  Amy’s Wish With Wings, a Spirithorse Center that operates out of Ride With Pride Horsemanship School on Highland Ave, received a new Sensory Trail for its special needs riders.  Construction of the trail was completed in just 2 days by 130 YMSL mothers and sons (85 from Lakes & 45 from Keller) and required 10 dump trucks full of volleyball sand (that’s 150 tons of sand!), 1,000 linear feet of Geotech soil liner, 2 tractor loaders and countess wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes.

 

The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The newly formed Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Lakes and Keller Chapters joined forces to present their very first Ultimate Gift to a local non-profit organization in Southlake.  Amy’s Wish With Wings, a Spirithorse Center that operates out of Ride With Pride Horsemanship School on Highland Ave, received a new Sensory Trail for its special needs riders.  Construction of the trail was completed in just 2 days by 130 YMSL mothers and sons (85 from Lakes & 45 from Keller) and required 10 dump trucks full of volleyball sand (that’s 150 tons of sand!), 1,000 linear feet of Geotech soil liner, 2 tractor loaders and countess wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes.

 

The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The newly formed Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Lakes and Keller Chapters joined forces to present their very first Ultimate Gift to a local non-profit organization in Southlake.  Amy’s Wish With Wings, a Spirithorse Center that operates out of Ride With Pride Horsemanship School on Highland Ave, received a new Sensory Trail for its special needs riders.  Construction of the trail was completed in just 2 days by 130 YMSL mothers and sons (85 from Lakes & 45 from Keller) and required 10 dump trucks full of volleyball sand (that’s 150 tons of sand!), 1,000 linear feet of Geotech soil liner, 2 tractor loaders and countess wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes.

 

The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The newly formed Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Lakes and Keller Chapters joined forces to present their very first Ultimate Gift to a local non-profit organization in Southlake.  Amy’s Wish With Wings, a Spirithorse Center that operates out of Ride With Pride Horsemanship School on Highland Ave, received a new Sensory Trail for its special needs riders.  Construction of the trail was completed in just 2 days by 130 YMSL mothers and sons (85 from Lakes & 45 from Keller) and required 10 dump trucks full of volleyball sand (that’s 150 tons of sand!), 1,000 linear feet of Geotech soil liner, 2 tractor loaders and countess wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes.

 

The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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The newly formed Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Lakes and Keller Chapters joined forces to present their very first Ultimate Gift to a local non-profit organization in Southlake.  Amy’s Wish With Wings, a Spirithorse Center that operates out of Ride With Pride Horsemanship School on Highland Ave, received a new Sensory Trail for its special needs riders.  Construction of the trail was completed in just 2 days by 130 YMSL mothers and sons (85 from Lakes & 45 from Keller) and required 10 dump trucks full of volleyball sand (that’s 150 tons of sand!), 1,000 linear feet of Geotech soil liner, 2 tractor loaders and countess wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes.

 

The trail, which is used by special needs riders as a part of equine assisted healthcare called Spirithorse Therapy, includes 26 alphabet stations, 12 number stations and one great big ride-through dragon (designed by the boys and constructed out of 3 old tractor tires, 2 wooden stair stringers, a few random tree trunk stumps and lots of dark green paint!) a fitting gift for an organization in a town know to be full of dragons… Riders learn vital skills such as following instructions, focusing, task sequence, participation and self-confidence. 

 

The very first time the YMSL mothers and sons came into Amy’s Wish With Wings, they knew they wanted to present a sensory trail to this wonderful organization as an Ultimate Gift.  The organization’s founder, Doreen Bruton, held a training session for new volunteers and spoke about the existing “trail” which wasn’t much of a trail at all.  As part of a recent land swap that enabled the Highland Oaks subdivision to be built, Mrs. Bruton traded her existing horse lot for a comparably sized lot.  The problem was that the new lot was not only not developed as a riding trail, it was full of rocks and broken glass.  After using this area for a sensory trail, several of her horses sustained injuries like stone bruises and hoof abscesses.  Naturally, this left them unable to be ridden and resulted in the cancellation of many lessons. 

 

 When the YMSL mothers heard this, they all agreed that this was the perfect opportunity to donate an Ultimate Gift to Amy’s With With Wings.  The concept of the YMSL Ultimate Gift Challenge began as a spin off from a novel of the same name by Jim Stovall.  The plot journeys the circumstance of a young man who must complete 12 separate assignments before he is eligible for the mysterious “Ultimate Gift” in his grandfathers will.  Throughout his trials and tribulations completing the assignments, he gains 12 gifts that he comes to realize are more important than money: the gifts of giving, dreams, family, friends and work are chief among them. 

 

The challenge YMSL gives its members is to find a way to give an “Ultimate Gift” back to their communities – the goal of which is to have a transformational impact or profound and radical change that orients one of the chapter’s philanthropies in a new direction and takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness.  Since both the Lakes and Keller chapters were just newly formed this spring, they really weren’t looking for an Ultimate Gift in their first year, but as it turns out, an Ultimate Gift found them. 

 

The days building the trail were long and hot and both the mothers and sons realized on that first morning that Texas soil is VERY hard to dig through… (!) But, the work was definitely a labor of love. Just knowing that the new trail would allow for the participation of so many more special needs students to benefit from the Spirithorse Therapy provided at Amy’s Wish with Wings made it all worthwhile.  And as an added bonus (and the very best part of being a YMSL member) the mothers get to watch the impact that this kind of work has on their teenage sons.  Just like the character in the Ultimate Gift novel, the YMSL boys are learning the benefits of helping others and more importantly they are feeling the effects of doing so. The smiles on the faces of the special needs riders as they work their ways along the sensory trail are inspiring and in all honesty, the boys who are helping the students get just as much out of the experience as the riders.    

 

Thankfully, the YMSL mothers and sons will have a whole year to rest up before starting another Ultimate Gift Challenge.  Next time, they definitely plan to design something that takes less than 10 dump trucks full of raw materials to build… (!) The collaboration of both chapters was a wonderful success and with the closing down of Havens Horses Spirithorse Center in Keller, the chapters are excited to begin volunteering together on a weekly basis to assist and support the riders at Amy’s Wish With Wings. 

 

YMSL Lakes and Keller Chapters along with Ride with Pride and Amy’s Wish With Wings would like to cordially invite the community to come to the dedication of the new trail on Wednesday, October 26th from 6-7pm at 480 W. Highland Ave., Southlake.

 

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Young Men's Service League Impact Frisco Chapter Joins Holy Family School for a Weekend Transformation

They may be young and inexperienced but the men of Young Men's Service League's Impact Frisco Chapter believe in serving others in need. This weekend, along with their moms, they will be dedicating their time to transform McKinney's Holy Family School. It is a union brought about by the two organizations dedication to make a difference in their community.

 

Holy Family School was founded in 1951 with a mission. The school simply wanted "to offer the highest quality childcare and learning environment for Collin County's diverse population without financial bias" at a time when many low income families were struggling to make a living wage and find affordable, reliable and trustworthy child care.

 

Fast-forward fifty years to 2001 and Young Men's Service League was started in Plano, Texas with the objective of initiating and encouraging young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community while providing an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships. In 2010, National YMSL initiated a weekend each year where all of the members and their sons, in chapters across the United States, work on a project to give back to their community. The goal is to make a transformational change to the chosen philanthropy while developing a young man's heart for serving others throughout his life. The weekend is called, Ultimate Gift. Sophomore, Ben Stanislav, described it this way, "sometimes life is about what you give versus what you get and Ultimate Gift is my opportunity to come together with other young men and their moms to learn what servant leadership is really all about".

 

In a group that is commonly referred to as the "I" or "me" generation, the YMSL Impact Frisco Chapter does not live up to that stereotype. This weekend the projects will range from painting, landscaping, carpeting, laying concrete, building classroom storage, building a shed, replacing playground mulch and electrical work. Where they lack experience, their moms come along side them to teach and assist in the project as well as volunteers from the community who specialize in these areas. Between Saturday at 9AM and Sunday at noon, the volunteers will log an estimated 408 hours of service to Holy Family School with approximately 204 participants.

 

Through the work of these volunteers, the benefits will be considerable to the students and faculty but the community will also be impacted. A safe, cost-effective school for parents to leave their pre-schoolers will allow parents to become income producers and provide for their families. Holy Family School was built on the grace and giving of the community and will continue to be a place where Collin County's most "at risk" demographic will be served throughout the year. Holy Family School and Young Men's Service League may have been started five decades apart but their goals to serve and make a difference were always in alignment.

 

 

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Young Men's Service League Impact Frisco Chapter Joins Holy Family School for a Weekend Transformation

They may be young and inexperienced but the men of Young Men's Service League's Impact Frisco Chapter believe in serving others in need. This weekend, along with their moms, they will be dedicating their time to transform McKinney's Holy Family School. It is a union brought about by the two organizations dedication to make a difference in their community.

 

Holy Family School was founded in 1951 with a mission. The school simply wanted "to offer the highest quality childcare and learning environment for Collin County's diverse population without financial bias" at a time when many low income families were struggling to make a living wage and find affordable, reliable and trustworthy child care.

 

Fast-forward fifty years to 2001 and Young Men's Service League was started in Plano, Texas with the objective of initiating and encouraging young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community while providing an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships. In 2010, National YMSL initiated a weekend each year where all of the members and their sons, in chapters across the United States, work on a project to give back to their community. The goal is to make a transformational change to the chosen philanthropy while developing a young man's heart for serving others throughout his life. The weekend is called, Ultimate Gift. Sophomore, Ben Stanislav, described it this way, "sometimes life is about what you give versus what you get and Ultimate Gift is my opportunity to come together with other young men and their moms to learn what servant leadership is really all about".

 

In a group that is commonly referred to as the "I" or "me" generation, the YMSL Impact Frisco Chapter does not live up to that stereotype. This weekend the projects will range from painting, landscaping, carpeting, laying concrete, building classroom storage, building a shed, replacing playground mulch and electrical work. Where they lack experience, their moms come along side them to teach and assist in the project as well as volunteers from the community who specialize in these areas. Between Saturday at 9AM and Sunday at noon, the volunteers will log an estimated 408 hours of service to Holy Family School with approximately 204 participants.

 

Through the work of these volunteers, the benefits will be considerable to the students and faculty but the community will also be impacted. A safe, cost-effective school for parents to leave their pre-schoolers will allow parents to become income producers and provide for their families. Holy Family School was built on the grace and giving of the community and will continue to be a place where Collin County's most "at risk" demographic will be served throughout the year. Holy Family School and Young Men's Service League may have been started five decades apart but their goals to serve and make a difference were always in alignment.

 

 

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They may be young and inexperienced but the men of Young Men's Service League's Impact Frisco Chapter believe in serving others in need. This weekend, along with their moms, they will be dedicating their time to transform McKinney's Holy Family School. It is a union brought about by the two organizations dedication to make a difference in their community.

 

Holy Family School was founded in 1951 with a mission. The school simply wanted "to offer the highest quality childcare and learning environment for Collin County's diverse population without financial bias" at a time when many low income families were struggling to make a living wage and find affordable, reliable and trustworthy child care.

 

Fast-forward fifty years to 2001 and Young Men's Service League was started in Plano, Texas with the objective of initiating and encouraging young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community while providing an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships. In 2010, National YMSL initiated a weekend each year where all of the members and their sons, in chapters across the United States, work on a project to give back to their community. The goal is to make a transformational change to the chosen philanthropy while developing a young man's heart for serving others throughout his life. The weekend is called, Ultimate Gift. Sophomore, Ben Stanislav, described it this way, "sometimes life is about what you give versus what you get and Ultimate Gift is my opportunity to come together with other young men and their moms to learn what servant leadership is really all about".

 

In a group that is commonly referred to as the "I" or "me" generation, the YMSL Impact Frisco Chapter does not live up to that stereotype. This weekend the projects will range from painting, landscaping, carpeting, laying concrete, building classroom storage, building a shed, replacing playground mulch and electrical work. Where they lack experience, their moms come along side them to teach and assist in the project as well as volunteers from the community who specialize in these areas. Between Saturday at 9AM and Sunday at noon, the volunteers will log an estimated 408 hours of service to Holy Family School with approximately 204 participants.

 

Through the work of these volunteers, the benefits will be considerable to the students and faculty but the community will also be impacted. A safe, cost-effective school for parents to leave their pre-schoolers will allow parents to become income producers and provide for their families. Holy Family School was built on the grace and giving of the community and will continue to be a place where Collin County's most "at risk" demographic will be served throughout the year. Holy Family School and Young Men's Service League may have been started five decades apart but their goals to serve and make a difference were always in alignment.

 

 

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Holy Family School was founded in 1951 with a mission. The school simply wanted "to offer the highest quality childcare and learning environment for Collin County's diverse population without financial bias" at a time when many low income families were struggling to make a living wage and find affordable, reliable and trustworthy child care.

 

Fast-forward fifty years to 2001 and Young Men's Service League was started in Plano, Texas with the objective of initiating and encouraging young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community while providing an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships. In 2010, National YMSL initiated a weekend each year where all of the members and their sons, in chapters across the United States, work on a project to give back to their community. The goal is to make a transformational change to the chosen philanthropy while developing a young man's heart for serving others throughout his life. The weekend is called, Ultimate Gift. Sophomore, Ben Stanislav, described it this way, "sometimes life is about what you give versus what you get and Ultimate Gift is my opportunity to come together with other young men and their moms to learn what servant leadership is really all about".

 

In a group that is commonly referred to as the "I" or "me" generation, the YMSL Impact Frisco Chapter does not live up to that stereotype. This weekend the projects will range from painting, landscaping, carpeting, laying concrete, building classroom storage, building a shed, replacing playground mulch and electrical work. Where they lack experience, their moms come along side them to teach and assist in the project as well as volunteers from the community who specialize in these areas. Between Saturday at 9AM and Sunday at noon, the volunteers will log an estimated 408 hours of service to Holy Family School with approximately 204 participants.

 

Through the work of these volunteers, the benefits will be considerable to the students and faculty but the community will also be impacted. A safe, cost-effective school for parents to leave their pre-schoolers will allow parents to become income producers and provide for their families. Holy Family School was built on the grace and giving of the community and will continue to be a place where Collin County's most "at risk" demographic will be served throughout the year. Holy Family School and Young Men's Service League may have been started five decades apart but their goals to serve and make a difference were always in alignment.

 

 

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YMSL Cedar Park completes First Ultimate Gift Project

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 21:41 -- Heidi Holguin

YMSL Cedar Park completed our First Ultimate Gift Project for our Chapter.  We had a great turn out with over 100 volunteers serving over 220 hours. Our project benefited The Settlement Home For Children by providing them a safe and comfortable area for use during PE, to play, run/walk and overall enjoy the outdoors.

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YMSL Cedar Park completed our First Ultimate Gift Project for our Chapter.  We had a great turn out with over 100 volunteers serving over 220 hours. Our project benefited The Settlement Home For Children by providing them a safe and comfortable area for use during PE, to play, run/walk and overall enjoy the outdoors.

Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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YMSL Cedar Park completed our First Ultimate Gift Project for our Chapter.  We had a great turn out with over 100 volunteers serving over 220 hours. Our project benefited The Settlement Home For Children by providing them a safe and comfortable area for use during PE, to play, run/walk and overall enjoy the outdoors.

Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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YMSL Cedar Park completed our First Ultimate Gift Project for our Chapter.  We had a great turn out with over 100 volunteers serving over 220 hours. Our project benefited The Settlement Home For Children by providing them a safe and comfortable area for use during PE, to play, run/walk and overall enjoy the outdoors.

Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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YMSL Cedar Park completed our First Ultimate Gift Project for our Chapter.  We had a great turn out with over 100 volunteers serving over 220 hours. Our project benefited The Settlement Home For Children by providing them a safe and comfortable area for use during PE, to play, run/walk and overall enjoy the outdoors.

Our project spanned an area over a 1/4 of a mile where we;  constructed a new shade structure, added and stained three tables, trimmed trees, added mulch, removed stumps, weeded, repaired damage areas and leveled the track. With assistance from our awesome YMSL families and community sponsors, we were also able to provide a basketball hoop, (1) ball, (3) pumps for balls and bikes, (5) bikes and helmets, a water cooler station and pop up tent for additional shade during PE, games, events or to take along with them at races.  Our project was big...or hearts are big, and the transformational impact (mentally and physically) will last a lifetime for some of these girls! This is bigger than WE or OUR boys will ever be able to understand!   Our Chapter is thrilled to have been a part of this gift! 

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YMSL Cedar Park completed our First Ultimate Gift Project for our Chapter.  We had a great turn out with over 100 volunteers serving over 220 hours. Our project benefited The Settlement Home For Children by providing them a safe and comfortable area for use during PE, to play, run/walk and overall enjoy the outdoors.

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