A Few Good Men Spreading Holiday Cheer in Dallas
December 18th, 2015 | by Michelle
The men of Bill Fant’s Sunday School class serve 1,000 children and their parents at the Brother Bill’s Helping Hand annual Christmas Celebration.
For the past 12 years, the men from Bryan Fant’s Sunday school class at Park Cities Baptist Church have spent the second Saturday of December in West Dallas helping to decorate for the Brother Bill’s Helping Hand annual Children’s Christmas Celebration. The crew wraps presents, blows up soccer balls, puts together bikes, decorates the tree, hangs garland and wreaths—whatever needs to get done before the main event.
For over 60 years, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand (BBHH) has thrown an annual Christmas Eve celebration for over 1,000 children and their parents. Nearly 300 volunteers—including the men from Bryan Fant’s Sunday school class—spend Christmas Eve handing out gifts and celebrating with the neighborhood.
When Suzanne Griffin became Executive Director, she realized she needed ‘A Few Good Men’ to help her make the Christmas Celebration happen. So she turned to Bryan Fant, who was then chairman of the board at BBHH. He gathered his Sunday school class, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I always threaten to tell their wives how good they really are at decorating for Christmas!” laughs Griffin.
Before the men began serving, their wives volunteered at Brother Bill’s: teaching ESL, playing with kids, helping wherever they could. And soon enough the husbands were involved. Over the years, several, including Bryan Fant, have served as chairmen of the board, and a handful of others have been on the board. Every year, Bill McCann, owner and president of Continental Batteries, brings two large grills and cooks over 700 hamburgers for BBHH’s Soccer Camp, Neighbor Day, and Back to School Carnival.
“Everyone loves being at Brother Bill’s,” says Bill Sims, Treasurer of the BBHH board, partner at Salmon, Sims, and Thomas accounting firm, and member of Bryan Fant’s Sunday school class. “The impact they are having on the community is huge. BBHH is meeting all of their needs—from medical to spiritual to occupational. They don’t just hand out clothes and food and say that’s that. They care about the community and the whole person.”
It’s Brother Bill’s care for the community and commitment to the Christian message that keeps these busy executives coming back to serve, care and blow up soccer balls every Christmas season.
For more information: bbhh.org
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