Announcing the winners of the 2014 Holiday Cookie Contest

Lots of hoots and hollers for the winners this year.

Watch the video to see the creative entries for the 19th annual Dallas Morning News – Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest.

We will be posting the winning recipes on our blog and on social media. If you like to make cookies, or if you want to follow our campaign, visit our site often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We want to thank all of the participants, including the sponsors, the judges and the cookie makers.

Entry fees for The Dallas Morning News – Central Market Holiday Cookie Contest benefit The Dallas Morning News Charities.

29th Dallas Morning News Charities campaign kicks off on Thursday

Ray Jackson stands bundled up outside The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church on Dec. 5, 2013 in Dallas. The Stewpot is one of the 25 partners that are part of the Dallas Morning News Charities campaign. (Sarah Hoffman/Staff Photographer)

Ray Jackson stands bundled up outside The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church on Dec. 5, 2013 in Dallas. The Stewpot is one of the 25 partners that are part of the Dallas Morning News Charities campaign. (Sarah Hoffman/Staff Photographer)

The 29th Dallas Morning News Charities campaign kicks off on Thursday, November 20, at the Winspear Opera House.

Our last campaign raised nearly $1.7 million from about 2,000 donors, and we hope to increase those numbers in this, our 29th, campaign.

Because we handle all administrative costs, 100 percent of donations go directly to the 25 selected agencies that serve the hungry and homeless. If you donate $100, the entire amount goes directly to the agencies.

This year we welcome two new agencies into our campaign, The Bridge and Lancaster Outreach Center.

For more details about the campaign kickoff, please read the Editor’s Note by Bob Mong, Editor of The Dallas Morning News and chairman of The Dallas Morning News Charities:

You can also follow our campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Check out the Dallas Morning News Charities campaign using #DMNcharities on Twitter.

The Dallas Morning News Charities totals from last year’s campaign

(Publication Date: February 8, 2014)

Aid drive ends up as one of best

1,837 donors contribute almost $1.7 million, among highest totals in effort’s 28-year history


Thanks to 1,837 donors, the latest Dallas Morning News Charities campaign was one of the best in history.

The final total for the 11-week campaign, which just ended, was $1,684,955. Last year’s total was $1.1 million, given by 1,948 donors.

“This campaign ranks as one of our most successful,” said Bob Mong, editor of The DallasMorning News and chairman of The Charities. “I am gratified by the generosity of our many donors and thank them for their commitment to help the homeless and hungry in our midst.”

It was the 14th time the drive for donations topped $1 million. In 28 years, 49,000 donors have raised more than $25 million.

(read entire story here:

Though the campaign runs from November 20 through January 31, the fund accepts donations all year.

Here are the disbursements from The Dallas Morning News Charities to the 25 recipient agencies:
Agency Disbursement What it does
Allen Community Outreach $50,548.65 Financial aid for rent and utilities, food, clothing, household items, holiday toys and school supplies for families in need. Financial literacy and GED classes are also offered.
Arlington Life Shelter $101,097.30 Emergency shelter and food for the homeless in eastern Tarrant County. Programs are also offered to move the homeless toward self-sufficiency.
Assistance Center of Collin County* $25,274.33 Operates Plano’s call center within the 211 network and provides rent and utility assistance, food and help with medication and school supplies.
Austin Street Center $101,097.30 Food, shelter, medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment, and substance abuse counseling for the homeless.
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand $67,398.20 Job training, parenting, computer and ESL classes, health care services, food, clothing and school supplies for needy families in West Dallas.
City House* $25,274.33 Emergency and transitional living services for children and young adults in need because of abuse, neglect and homelessness.
Community Lifeline Center $25,274.33 Money management, counseling and short-term financial help for northern Collin County residents in danger of slipping into homelessness.
Crossroads Community Services $117,946.85 Emergency food distribution to low-income families. Nutrition educational programs also offered.
Dallas Life Foundation $33,699.10 Emergency and long-term shelter for homeless men, women, children and families; employment training and other programs designed to move the homeless back into society.
Duncanville Outreach Ministry $42,123.88 Food, clothing and diapers; assistance with rent, utilities and prescription drugs.
Family Gateway $109,522.08 Food, shelter and other services to homeless families with children. Programs focus on moving the homeless back into society.
Frisco Family Services Center $58,973.43 Food, financial aid for housing, utility bills and prescription drugs, gasoline vouchers, clothing, household items and school supplies for needy families in Frisco or the Frisco school district.
Genesis Women’s Shelter $126,371.63 Emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, food, clothing and other necessities for battered women and children. There’s also an onsite school for elementary-age children.
LifeLine Shelter for Families $33,699.10 Rental assistance and coordination of referrals for food, clothing, medical and dental care, and job search assistance for homeless students or their families in the Grand Prairie school district.
Network of Community Ministries $101,097.30 Food and financial aid with rent and utilities for the needy living in the Richardson school district; medical services for seniors and children.
North Dallas Shared Ministries $109,522.08 Short-term emergency assistance including food, financial aid for rent and utilities, clothing, school supplies, bus tokens and gas vouchers; medical clinic serving the uninsured; ESL classes; and employment and tax preparation assistance.
North Texas Food Bank (Food 4 Kids) $92,672.53 Weekend food assistance program provides backpacks with nutritious, kid-friendly foods for grade-school children at risk of being chronically hungry.
Oak Cliff Churches for Emergency Aid $16,849.55 Emergency food and financial aid for rent, utilities and prescriptions for Oak Cliff residents.
Our Calling* $25,274.33 Faith-based group targeting the chronically homeless and providing food, showers, clothing and hygiene items.
Our Daily Bread $50,548.65 Hot meals, hygiene supplies, transportation, health screenings and a weekend snack program for the needy in Denton County.
Promise House $117,946.85 Shelter, food, clothing, counseling, educational services and transitional housing for homeless and runaway youth.
Sharing Life Community Outreach $50,548.65 Food, clothing, school supplies, financial aid for rent and utilities, and financial literacy and job skills training for low-income families in southeast Dallas County.
Sharing the BreadCedar Hill Food Pantry* $25,274.33 Provides food, clothing, school supplies and utility assistance to needy families in Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill ISD.
The Stewpot of FirstPresbyterian Church $126,371.63 Meals; dental, medical and mental health care; representative payee program; drug and alcohol addiction education, counseling and recovery resources; and educational and recreational programs for at-risk children.
White Rock Center of Hope $50,548.65 Food and financial aid with rent and utilities, bus passes, school supplies and clothing to people residing in northeast and East Dallas.
*Agency new to the campaign