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Courts across the country will begin the new year with a rise in divorce filings beginning in January and peaking in February through March. Because January is a time for making resolutions and planning for a new year, many couples may take this season to reevaluate their relationship. If attempts of counseling, communicating, and compromising, aren't working — couples may believe that divorce is the only option. 

According to Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner at Balekian Hayes, PLLC, the following signs may imply that divorce is the best option. 

 

Major unhappiness. There will be hard times in life, but couples in a strong marriage can usually weather the storm together and cannot imagine a day without their spouse. Suppose the difficult time passes and you are finding that you are unhappy. In that case, it's essential to consider the following questions to determine if the marriage could be the source of unhappiness.

  • How does my marital happiness rate on a scale from one to ten?
  • Can my marriage be changed?
  • Do I see us ever being happy again?

You are the last to know. Communication is key to a happy and healthy marriage. Lack of communication in a relationship is a clear sign that divorce is around the corner, especially if your spouse isn't talking to you but is talking to others first.

You are only staying together for the kids. It may seem easier to stay together for the kids, but it could have a lasting negative impact on their lives and future relationships.

You feel ready to move on to someone else. Most people can't fathom the thought of someone new, but if you have already set your sights in a new direction, you probably were done a long time ago. 

You are only staying because you are afraid of change in general or fear a drastic change in lifestyle. Too often, people stay because they cannot afford to leave and are afraid of the unknown. If your reason for staying no longer involves your spouse, your marriage is likely over. 

You have tried time away, and it was not enough time. If you spend time away from your spouse and it only leaves you longing for more time away, being single might be what you are seeking.

There may not be a perfect time to get divorced, but the answer is often January for some people who have decided to divorce in the fall or during the holiday season. Once the stress of the holidays is over and children are back to their regular schedule, couples will have more time, space and privacy to begin the divorce process. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with Balekian Hayes, PLLC visit: https://www.bhfamilylaw.com.

Led by Kris Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces, to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. Kris Hayes is one of 47 lawyers in Texas that are board certified in both family law and child welfare and she also brings a Master of Business Administration to the equation to assist with high net-worth divorces and business preservation. To learn more about Balekian Hayes, https://www.bhfamilylaw.com

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Uplift Education was granted $4 million over five years from the US Department of Education through the Education Innovation and Research competitive grant process.  Uplift’s award is one of only ten, Early Phase Social Emotional Learning (SEL) awards made nationally and the only award in Dallas-Fort Worth.  Uplift’s receipt of this award recognizes its innovative and industry leading approaches to SEL and student well-being.

Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education, shared the importance of focusing on the social-emotional needs of our children, especially in K-12 education. "These grants will help to offer rich opportunities to accelerate students' learning and nurture their development,” said Secretary Cardona. “I look forward to seeing how Education Innovation and Research Grants help take promising practices to scale."? 

The US Department of Education grant announcement comes on the heels of U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s advisory calling for swift action to respond to a growing mental health crisis among youth that has worsened due to stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uplift is currently the only public school system (traditional or charter) in the US to establish an Office of Well-Being and to elevate its head to the role of Chief. This department also encompasses Senior Directors of Well-Being; Directors of Counseling Services, Restorative Practices, Social Emotional Learning, School Nurses, School Counselors, Family Therapists, Well-Being Coaches, school SEL leads, Athletic Directors and Coaches, and Physical Education teachers. 

Across the country, schools are implementing various types of SEL programs to support students’ well-being.  Uplift’s Path to Purpose project is designed to evaluate the efficacy of varying dosage levels of SEL, health, and mental health programming on student well-being, resiliency, and relationships in K-8 grades, with the goal of ultimately improving student achievement and attainment in high-needs communities. The effects of this programming on students will be carefully monitored and evaluated through a gold-standard, random-control trial study. Dr. John Gasko, Chief Well-Being Officer at Uplift Education, will lead this project.  “Uplift’s Path to Purpose project seeks to support students to find purpose and meaning amidst extreme uncertainty in their lives,” said Dr. Gasko. 

According to the American Psychological Association, by 2030 it is estimated that the greatest public health epidemic in America will be depression. The challenge will be especially acute for youth. Currently, the American Medical Association cites that, 70% of all primary care visits are stress-related.

The pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues for school children and the adults that support those students in schools across the country.  Cara Pennington, Manager of Social Counseling at Uplift Education, shares that the caseload of social counselors in Uplift’s network of 22,000 students are full of more extreme cases of depression and other mental health issues.  Pennington personally supported a senior at an Uplift school who had to shift during the pandemic from being a full-time student to helping provide income for her family.  Already struggling with depression, this student had to bear additional responsibilities at the height of COVID-19. Upon returning to school this year, she has struggled to shift back to her responsibilities of being a student and preparing for college applications.  With the dedicated support of social counselors and teachers at her school, she has been rewarded with her first acceptance to college and can see her path forward.   

“For more than 25 years, we responded to a deep call to transform the lives of young people through academic excellence across one of America’s largest and neediest urban centers, “said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia. “Our service to a demographic whose complexion is fraught with risk and disadvantages has resulted in a commitment to achieve something uncommon on their behalf: the empowerment of rising generations who take their place in the world and transform it for the good. The need to serve them has not changed and Uplift continues to stay the course in pursuit of our vision and values.” 

 

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Soulman’s Bar-B-Que brings the holidays home by doing the cooking for North Texans this year. Soulman’s hassle-free holiday menu brings friends and families together to spend the season sharing great food, tried-and-true traditions and abundant gratitude.  

“At Soulman’s, we take ‘home for the holidays’ very seriously. We cook our meats low and slow over hickory in our time-honored tradition and our favorite recipes have been passed down from generation to generation,” says Brett Randle, CEO of North Texas-based Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. 

North Texans can choose Soulman’s traditional holiday meal, including bone-in hickory-smoked turkey, or the spiral sliced holiday ham, mouth-watering sides including cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and traditional cranberry sauce. The family meal serves approximately 10-12 people for $134.99. The new Soulful Holiday Meal features Soulman’s sliced brisket and sausage with mac and cheese, ranch house beans, dinner rolls and Soulman’s signature Bar-B-Que sauce for $149.99 to serve 10-12 people. For dessert, Soulman’s has homemade buttermilk and pecan pies available to make any holiday meal complete for $17.99. 

To give this year’s holiday meal a bit more kick, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que introduces their new Cajun Fried Turkey to the menu. “Our Cajun fried turkey has been in the works for quite some time,” says Randle. “Delicious, juicy and other-worldly tender, this unique Cajun flavor has quickly become a favorite of ours.” The Cajun Fried Turkey can be added to the traditional holiday meal for $4.99 or ordered on its own for $84.99. It is to be noted that all Cajun Fried Turkeys are fried in peanut oil.

For North Texans looking to branch out from the traditional holiday dinner, Soulman’s offers party packs to make catering holiday parties easy and delicious. From succulent beef brisket to delicious pulled pork, Soulman’s catering brings something to the table for everyone throughout the season. Those who choose to enjoy the holidays stress-free can pre-order from the holiday catering menu.

This family-owned and operated company has prepared family meals that have customers coming back year after year for more than four decades. Soulman’s has remained true to its original strive for consistent quality and is honored to be considered the Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout & Delivery (2020).

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Uplift Education’s College and Career March has been known as the College March for the past 6 years. This event will be held at Uplift’s ten high school campuses during the first week of December.

College and Career March is celebrating Uplift’s seniors and their hard work. This high-energy event kicks off the final semester for Uplift’s seniors as they begin to make concrete decisions for their future. Seniors make their way to a symbolic mailbox and drop in letters or applications that will help determine their future.  Whether the envelopes contain an application to a college, trade school, or the military, or a letter to a potential employer, this is the moment when Uplift students put their years of hard work and planning into action.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/GczHpKKRuP0

This event also allows their underclassmen a glimpse into what’s in store for them when they become seniors. This event brings around 940 senior students to “march” through crowds of fellow students, staff, community supporters and family, cheering them on as they make their way to the mailbox.

 

While Uplift believes that a college degree is the best pathway to achieve a comfortable income and a fulfilling life, they also acknowledge that college might not be the right path for every graduate. The career component to this event is inclusive of all students and their aspirations post high school.  Uplift not only helps students get into their best fit college, but they also provide college persistence support and career counseling post-graduation.  For those students who chose to pursue a career out of high school, Uplift provides supports to alternative pathways for earning college credit, guidance for obtaining training for in-demand jobs, apprenticeships, and more.

The Uplift College and Career March furthers the college, military and career-bound culture and encourages the underclassmen in their pursuit of them all. We cannot wait to feel the energy of our live event and are excited to watch the creativity and enthusiasm unfold!

Uplift students earn college degrees at a rate four times the national average of their peers and more than twice the average of low-income students in the state of Texas. 100% of Uplift’s eligible high schools were named among the Best High Schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report for 2021. All of Uplift’s high schools were within the top 29%.

“Our student's virtual march is symbolic of hours, days, and years of hard work and commitment that they put in. We could not be prouder of the way our seniors are maintaining their academic goals, often while working to help support their family. They have also shown amazing creativity and enthusiasm as they have built new traditions and memories for their senior year during a pandemic,” said Yasmin Bhatia, Uplift CEO.

“I love Uplift because of the opportunity they can give you; if it were not for Uplift, I do not think I would be where I am right now. Before going to Uplift, I honestly never thought about going to college and did not know what I wanted in a career; it really changed my life.” - Roberto Moreno, Uplift Williams, Class of 2012

“Having teachers truly believe in me really fueled my fire and pushed me to learn more and become a well-rounded student.” – Mariah Steward, Uplift Luna, Class of 2016

We encourage the community to post to social media using the hashtag #Upliftcollegeandcareermarch to support our seniors. While we all have adapted to this “new pandemic normal”, we are confident that NOTHING has changed for our seniors as they prepare for their future.  They are equipped with solid, globally focused academic knowledge, key critical thinking skills, and strong leadership abilities.

Uplift Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. With a network of 45 college preparatory, public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Uplift offers students of any background the powerful chance to study within a multidisciplinary curriculum and prepare for the college career they deserve. Uplift is the largest International Baccalaureate district in Texas and the #2 IB district in the nation because of the number of holistic extracurricular and educational programs. The incredible educators in the Uplift network guide and teach over 21,000 students in Pre-K- 12th?grades, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information Uplift’s mission and their blind lottery selection system, visit?uplifteducation.org?or?facebook.com/uplifteducation

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Soulman's Bar-B-Que Thanksgiveaway is back in North Texas to bring some extra soul to families in need during this holiday season. Each family selected through the online nomination system will receive a Thanksgiving family meal including a bone-in hickory smoked turkey, cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, brown gravy, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce. 

"Since its founding in 1974, Soulman's Bar-B-Que has been about family, friends and great food," said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman's Bar-B-Que. "For the sixth year in a row, we are honoring the spirit of the season by sharing it in the communities we serve. Our Thanksgiveaway program allows us the opportunity to lend a helping hand to families who've suffered hardship in 2021, and it is our distinct pleasure to continue this tradition year after year."

For years, families and friends have enjoyed stress-free holiday celebrations by pre-ordering from the holiday catering menu that showcases Soulman's best-sellers, including bone-in hickory smoked turkey or the spiral sliced holiday ham, mouth-watering sides and perfect homemade holiday pies. This year, Soulman's style of celebrating the holidays is taking on new tastes with the introduction of the long-awaited Soulman's Cajun Fried Turkey to the holiday offerings; details are available here

"Every year in North Texas, the spirit of Thanksgiving goes farther and wider than our four walls, and for that, we are abundantly grateful," said Randle. 

Nominations for the 18 meals being distributed for Soulman’s 2021 Thanksgiveaway are available here: www.soulmans.com/thanksgiveaway beginning October 29th, where guests will need to include the name of the nominated recipient, the reason for nomination and additional contact information. Winners will be notified on November 15, 2021 and will be required to respond within 48 hours for pick-up on November 22 or 23, 2021.

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U.S. News & World Report and  Best Lawyers®, for the 12th consecutive year, recently announced the "Best Law Firms" rankings featuring Dallas-based family law firm Balekian Hayes, PLLC, on the highly sought-after list. 

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the best law firms in the country," says Kris Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. "In the highly competitive field of family law, there are many lawyers to choose from in the D/FW metroplex, but we strive to provide our clients with counsel they can trust. It's our policy that while honesty can sometimes cost us, we owe it to our clients to give it to them. This philosophy has proven to reward us with recognition by our peers and referrals from our loyal clients."

Firms included in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms" are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a ?rm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which identifies 5% of lawyers practicing in the United States—achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2022 "Best Law Firms" rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com

BH Family Law practice areas include divorce, child custody, child support matters, custody modifications and matters involving child protective services. Managing partner Kris Hayes is one of 47 family lawyers in Texas who holds a dual certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law and Child Welfare. She was recently recognized by the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© as one of the best family lawyers in the country.

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 This year’s 20th-anniversary tour, Life Elevated, kicked off a newly minted five-year strategic plan to elevate the Turtle Creek Corridor to a premiere urban green space and neighborhood. Turtle Creek Association (TCA) led all of Texas through the homes of local luminaries, featuring personal stories, architectural anecdotes, and glimpses into fine collections of art, heirlooms, and unique design. TCA President and CEO JD Trueblood talked with homeowners and designers, including the niece of the late Judy Pittman, also known as the “Queen of Turtle Creek.” With a rich history of devotion, Turtle Creek and the community were honored with an event that will be remembered for years to come.

 

Following the tour, the exclusive benefit reception was held inside the headquarters of the Perot Companies in Dallas. The exquisite event featured the Dallas String Quartet and flowers donated by The Garden Gate. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvre, cocktails, and a silent auction as an additional contribution to the TCA fundraiser. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event thanks in no small part to the Perot Family, who graciously offered unprecedented access to Perot Legacy Hall, which showcases the remarkable collection of historical artifacts from H. Ross Perot.

 

Perot’s memory lives on through wall after wall of awards, memorabilia, and art, inscribing his legacy and the unforgettable work he did for his country. As a naval officer, Perot was a servant to those impacted by war, even going as far as freeing two of his employees during the Iran hostage crisis in 1978.

 

“The Perot family's love of country and support for the military is on full display throughout the hall. Statues of military leaders stand in the sunlight; there is Perot's collection of coins from Medal of Honor recipients, and even Osama bin Laden's cane from Tora Bora, given to Perot by the elite Delta Force,” says Trueblood.

 

It comes as no surprise that the hall was filled with reverence as TCA’s reception attendees read letters from Perot’s work with veterans. The circumstance of the Turtle Creek benefit reception held at the Perot Companies campus couldn’t be more perfect. The fundraiser honors the commitment to enhancing and revitalizing the corridor, and Perot’s legacy exemplifies the humanitarian efforts that Turtle Creek inspires.

 

Overall, the event raised over $200,000, including a special donation of $20,000 from Sara Wilkins, to fund the upcoming Turtle Creek mural on Lemmon Avenue. The artist, Lauren Lewchuck, will capture the beauty of Turtle Creek’s history and undoubtedly inspire preservation from all in the community.

 

Trueblood expressed his thanks by saying, "We not only met our stretch goal of $200,000, but we shattered all previous TCA fundraising records. The generosity of those who love the corridor is simply beyond words. We are forever grateful."

 

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Dallas #1 Immersive Art Exhibit’s Homage on Display for Limited Time

In advance of their newest installation this winter, Rainbow Vomit is the place to be seen in Dallas. The creatives behind Rainbow Vomit, Dallas' #1 rated immersive art exhibit, have captured the spirit of the Stones as they unveil an unparalleled homage to the rock and roll royalty on the façade of their and neighboring Italian restaurant and record lounge Tarintino’s storefront in Expo Park, which is located across from Fair Park.

“The Rolling Stones are iconic in so many ways. To show our excitement for their upcoming concert at the Cotton Bowl on November 2, it only seemed natural to find a unique way to merge Rainbow Vomit’s signature brand with the lips that have graced millions of stadiums, billboards, bedroom walls and bumper stickers over the last fifty years or so,” says Deanna Theis, Lead Artist and Curator of Rainbow Vomit.

For a limited time, visitors to Rainbow Vomit at Expo Park will be able to capture this one-of-a-kind wall-art to share their fandom as well as have a chance to win tickets to one of the most anticipated concerts in recent history. The giveaway will run through October 29th, enter here for a chance to win tickets to the biggest show of the year!

“We are so excited to welcome concerts back into Cotton Bowl Stadium,” says Julian Bowman, Senior Marketing Director at Fair Park. “Coming off the recent Fair Park Cultural District designation, it’s encouraging to see our neighbors join forces to support  the events and entertainment we bring to the community through art.”

Located across the street from the historic Fair Park right off the DART, Rainbow Vomit’s 2600-square foot space has been wowing patrons for almost three years. They have welcomed more than 50,000 visitors with more than 2000 positive online reviews. “What we have found to be the most enjoyable part of Rainbow Vomit is the millions of photos that are taken and shared with friends, family and the culturally curious. We are positive that this homage to the  Rolling Stones will multiply that number and put even more smiles on faces, in person and digitally!” says Theis.

Rainbow Vomit is currently closed for renovations. Regular tours resume on October 30, with a special reopening concert event, Imaginarium: An Arabian Nights Soirée featuring Allen Hulsey, on October 29. In collaboration with the non-profit Exude Love Foundation, Rainbow Vomit will be offering all sorts of special programming throughout the rest of the year, including a rare appearance by renowned electronic music producer Acid Pauli on November 5 and a variety entertainment show produced by the RadiantSolz performance troupe on November 14th.

For more information and tickets to events, visit rainbowvomit.com To enter the giveaway, visit bit.ly/RVstonescontest

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A significant concern for many divorcing couples is how their assets will be divided amongst each partner — this is especially true for couples facing a high asset divorce. Divorcing couples with more than $1 million in liquid assets typically consisting of properties, business shares, and overseas assets is considered a high net worth or high asset divorce. The attorneys at Balekian Hayes, PLLC, have tapped into their many years of experience practicing family law in North Texas to offer tips to help people navigate a high asset divorce.

Step 1: Find a qualified attorney.

While any divorce case can be challenging, those involving high-value assets are more difficult to resolve fairly. Because there are more assets at play, high-net-worth divorces require a unique skill set from a legal team experienced in these cases. Without strong representation from an experienced divorce attorney, you could end up with a far smaller portion of the property than you deserve under the law. Many couples have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place, in which they have decided ahead of time how to divide their community property. This can make things much easier during divorce, but sometimes a prenup or postnup can be disputed.

Step 2: Start by examining current assets that may be affected by a divorce.

List your assets as soon as possible. During divorce proceedings, it’s possible you could lose access to certain documents and records. Therefore, begin your preparation by making copies of all applicable paperwork. Additionally, you should also start thinking about whether the property is considered separate or marital property. 

Step 3: Gather records and document items.

Begin gathering records for all jointly held accounts, properties and assets. Documentation is essential to determine your fair share of assets and can help prevent your spouse from hiding any assets. It is necessary to make copies of all tax returns, loan applications, wills, trusts, financial statements, banking information, brokerage statements, loan documents, credit card statements, deeds to real property, car registrations, insurance inventories and insurance policies. Don’t forget to make copies of records that can also trace and verify your separate property, such as an inheritance or family gifts.

Create an inventory of household goods and their value, including household electronics like TVs, computers, and big items like your furniture. Values can be documented with receipts to show how much was paid for an item or by an appraiser.

Step 4: Budget accordingly and spend wisely. 

High-asset divorces can be more costly. With more assets to divide equally, it may take longer than a typical divorce and result in increased legal fees. Additionally, your attorney may need to use a forensic accountant, which adds additional costs. During the divorce process, it’s essential to spend money wisely. Those going through a divorce may assume that higher spending levels will garner them a larger divorce settlement. Many people may believe that if you spend more, the higher your needs will appear in court, and the more money you will get. However, the court may view unnecessary high spending as lavish wasting of assets and can count negatively on you. It is best to regulate your spending until the divorce proceedings are final.

Step 5: Be patient.

Often, high net worth divorces may take longer than a divorce where fewer assets are involved. In many cases, people undergoing a high-net-worth divorce will often stop negotiating in the hopes of settling sooner, but this typically will not work out in their favor. Splitting up a high-net-worth marriage is like breaking up a large company. The process will take time, and the best course of action is to have patience in the process. The average high asset divorce could take around five to six months, but it can take longer if additional financial matters need to be addressed. 

The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with Balekian Hayes, PLLC visit, https://bh-pllc.com.

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For the second consecutive year, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que and Carter BloodCare are teaming up in the true spirit of giving this holiday season. The partnered organizations are appealing to North and East Texans to donate blood this fall as the community blood supply has dropped to an unprecedented low across the Lone Star State. 

Carter BloodCare officials note they have not seen such a chronic resource scarcity in their more than 30 years of blood industry experience. Because of this ongoing situation, first-time and lapsed volunteer donors are urgently needed to pump new blood into the local supply to save the lives of Texas patients.

To support the community during this nationwide shortage, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que and Carter BloodCare will hold mobile blood drives at the famed restaurant’s 18 locations in November. As a thank you, donors who give at any Carter BloodCare blood drive or donor center in November will receive a coupon good for $2 off any $10 purchase from Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, while supplies last.

“We at Soulman’s have always been encouraged by the generosity of our guests and extended Soulman’s family. This holiday season, it is vital to spread the spirit of giving and Carter BloodCare provides one of the most impactful gifts that affects local lives daily,” said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.  

Organizers hope to see at least 50 donors per day for a total of 900 units of donated blood during the November drive. Each donated pint can help save three lives, meaning the drive can potentially and positively affect 2,700 patients in need of transfusions.  

Carter BloodCare President and CEO Dr. Merlyn Sayers said, “A key reason people cite for not donating blood is that no one asked them to do so. Thousands of qualified people have never been invited to give blood. Together, Carter BloodCare and Soulman’s Bar-B-Que now ask fellow Texans to donate with friends and family, because blood donation as a community is more important than ever to help local patients who depend on all of us.”

Said Randle, “We are excited to participate for a second year to support Carter BloodCare on this important initiative. The Soulman’s family invites our guests to join us in rebuilding this lifesaving community resource.”

Mobile blood drives are scheduled at the following Soulman’s locations: 

Hurst: Monday, Nov. 8, 3 – 6 p.m.

Forney: Friday, Nov. 12, 1 – 6 p.m.

Rockwall (Goliad location): Friday, Nov. 12, 1 – 6 p.m.

Mesquite: Friday, Nov. 12, noon – 5 p.m.

Sulphur Springs: Monday, Nov. 15, noon – 5 p.m.

Garland: Monday, Nov. 15, 1 – 6 p.m.

Allen: Monday, Nov. 15, 2 – 5 p.m.

Cedar Hill: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3 – 7 p.m.

Mansfield: Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Greenville: Friday, Nov. 19, noon – 5 p.m.

Van: Friday, Nov. 19, noon – 5 p.m.

Red Oak: Sunday, Nov. 21, noon – 5 p.m.

Lancaster: Monday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Quinlan: Monday, Nov. 22, noon – 5 p.m.

Lewisville: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockwall (I-30 and Ridge Road location): Tuesday, Nov. 23, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Royse City: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Terrell: Tuesday, Nov. 23, noon – 5 p.m.

Donors are encouraged to make appointments in advance.

Carter BloodCare staff and unvaccinated donors are required to wear facial coverings at the blood drives, except when temperature is taken during screening, or when eating and drinking after the donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks. 

Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit CarterBloodCare.org.