JFK Day introduced in Dallas

August 22, 2013 by  

It was recently announced that Dallas will commemorate John F. Kennedy by declaring November 23 to be JFK Day of Service.

The announcement was made at a press conference which was held on August 6 at the North Texas Food Bank by Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins and JFK Day founder Chart Westcott.

Volunteers will be enlisted throughout Dallas to take part in community service projects. JFK Day will be held to show recognition for the commitment to service shown by the former president.

Westcott stated that more than 2,500 volunteers will join forces with organizations including SPCA of Texas, the Salvation Army of Dallas, Goodwill, and the Special Olympics of Texas. More than 50 locations across Dallas will have a project taking place.

In his announcement, Westcott stated that JFK Day was an opportunity to honor the commitment shown by President Kennedy to serve the public. The founder of shoe firm TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, will be the honorary chair of JFK Day. TOMS supports those in need across the world by helping one person for every pair of shoes it sells.

During the build-up to JFK Day, the organization will partner with the Special Olympics Texas chapter, founded by the sister of John F. Kennedy, Eunice.

On November 7, a 5K event will be held called ‘Carry the Torch’. Battery powered torches will be held by event participants through Dallas, to “symbolize how one person in a community can light the darkness through an individual act of service.” Local poster printing services may also be required to promote JFK Day ahead of time.