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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We are so blessed and excited to know that our free Christmas Store is just days away from opening to the public. Last year, our community provided gifts to more than 25,000 children. We believe that at least that many children will receive gifts from you again this year. Please pray with us, as we serve the children of our community. Join us, won’t you?

Everywhere you go at Mission Arlington®, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Our free Christmas Store will be opening soon, and our place is “filled with anticipation and excitement.”  The Christmas Store is a pretty special place and time at Christmas time at Mission Arlington®.

A volunteer places gifts on the shelves in our free Christmas Store.

“What is it?”

“Where parents shop to receive free gifts for their children!”  The Christmas Season is a time for celebrating our Lord, Jesus Christ, showing love to those around us, and embracing a spirit of giving. In addition to receiving toys for their children, every adult who comes through the Christmas Store will hear the beautiful story of Christ’s birth, shared from the Scriptures and narrated by creative & faithful storytellers. The Store is located here.

“When is it open?”

The Store will open daily from December 10th through December 22nd, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (excluding Sundays). It will also be open on Wednesday, December 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

How you can help!
  1. PROVIDE CHRISTMAS GIFTS– for children up to age 17.  Please bring unwrapped gifts to Mission Arlington®.  We receive gifts through Christmas Eve. Wrapping paper & tape helps too. For gift ideas, please, see our lists below:
    1. List of Suggested Toys -This is a list of suggested toys (and other Christmas gifts) provided by Mission Arlington® 
    2. Amazon Wish List – Select from this listing of Christmas toys & gifts, and those gifts will be shipped directly to Mission Arlington®.
  2. VOLUNTEER IN THE CHRISTMAS STORE Volunteers are needed anytime the store is open to receive & organize Christmas gifts & to stock the store, help parents find gifts in the store that they want for their children, gift-wrappers, and so much more.  Come on down anytime the store is open, and we will get you to work. If you want to bring a group, call ahead at 817-277-6620, and we’ll get your team on the schedule.
  3. VOLUNTEER BEFORE OPENING DAY – Volunteers are needed anytime between 7 & 7, Monday through Saturday after Thanksgiving to help us get ready for opening day.

For more information, give us a call at 817-277-6620.

Date Published: December 1, 2022

A Season for Thanksgiving

The Alvarez Jiujitsu team collected food, so that people can have a great meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Students from Oakridge School in Arlington moving turkeys into position, having a great time, and getting us ready for Thanksgiving Day.

If it is true that Thanksgiving can truly reveal the heart of a person, perhaps it is also true that it can reveal the heart of a community.  From our vantage point, we serve in one of the most beautiful communities in the country.  It’s one thing to be thankful for what we have.  It’s quite another thing to use what we have to help someone else.  Yet, that is what this community does month after month, year after year, and especially in the Thanksgiving season.

If predictions hold, given the need in our own community, then Mission Arlington® will provide Thanksgiving food to more than 25,000 people on Thanksgiving Day.  Yet, Mission Arlington® can only provide what the community first gives.  We simply pass along the generosity to people who need it the most.  We have watched in amazement as car after car has dropped by our place with arm loads of turkeys, and a trunk full of Thanksgiving food.  It isn’t just that you buy it and bring it here, but it is also that you do it with such energy, and joy.  The smiles and hugs we experience here day to day are truly blessings that last beyond this season.  We are grateful for you.

On Thanksgiving morning, starting at 8:00 a.m., volunteers will arrive, ready to serve. They will load turkeys, boxes of Thanksgiving food, and/or hot meals into their cars to make personal deliveries to people in need.  The encouragement that will happen across our community on Thanksgiving Day will be difficult to measure, but it will be real, nevertheless.   People will be encouraged that someone cared enough to give their time to provide for their needs.  People who serve will make a bigger difference in people’s lives than any can know.  What a true blessing it will be.

Please join us the day before Thanksgiving to help us get ready (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), or on Thanksgiving morning, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  We’ll give you the name and addresses of a family or two, load food into your vehicle, and then you can make the deliveries of food to people’s homes.  There is something about serving that strengthens us, encourages and blesses us.  The Mission Arlington family is so grateful that we get to do this with you!

Truly, this is a “season for Thanksgiving.”

Date Published: November 22, 2022

Home for the Holidays

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The Holiday Season is upon us, as we turn the corner into October.   We’ve listed below some events you can participate with in various ways.

  1. On Saturday, October 29th, from noon to 4, we host an annual Fall Festival with about 2,500 kids in attendance.  We have bouncy houses, hay rides, free food, and outdoor carnival games.  Volunteers are needed in every arena – food servers, carnival game hosts, bouncy house attendants, etc.  This event happens away from our downtown campus at 1516 W. Pioneer Pkwy (about 3 miles away);

  2. Month of November – We put together Food for Thanksgiving Day deliveries all year long, but the preparation truly ramps up in November.  Anytime during the month of November, we are picking up from food supply drives, organizing & sorting that food, and generally getting ready for Thanksgiving morning;

  3. Thanksgiving Day Deliveries – Starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, we need volunteers to help us deliver turkeys and Thanksgiving food to families in the Arlington/Grand Prairie area.  The entire process is completed by noon;

  4. Month of December – We need volunteers to assist us in getting ready for the opening of our free Christmas Store;

  5. Free Christmas Store – Opens Saturday, December 10th and stays open through December 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, excluding Sundays, when the store is closed.  The Store opens one final time from 10 to noon on December 23rd.  Volunteers are needed to receive, organize, and stock Christmas gifts, help with childcare, assist moms & dads to find the right gifts for their children, and to wrap gifts;

  6. Christmas Eve Morning – The free Christmas Store will be closed on Christmas Eve, but this is a good day to volunteer, generally anywhere from 7:00 a.m. until a little after noon.  The Mission is bustling on Christmas Eve, taking care of the normal and the Christmas Needs of the people we serve.

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Date Published: September 29, 2022

NTX Giving Day 2022

North Texas Giving Day 2022

The annual North Texas “Giving Day” happens again on September 22nd, from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. Sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas, this Giving Day provides an opportunity for the community to give a little extra to the more than 3,000 non-profit organizations participating in this beautiful event.  Click one of the links to the right to give directly to Mission Arlington®.  GIVE HERE / OR HERE

The Need is Great

Like many non-Profits, Mission Arlington® is seeing an increase in need across the board.  Higher grocery and fuel prices have made it difficult for ordinary working families to make it on a daily basis. When life happens, or a crisis of some kind occurs, families need just a little extra help to get by.  We are so grateful to be here, not just to hand out supplies, but to treat people with the dignity and respect they deserve, and to share God’s love in whatever way we can.

Low Administrative Costs

  1. Our administrative overhead is 1.47 percent, meaning that a little more than 98.5 percent of every dollar you give goes directly to people in need;
  2. There is “no charge” for any service we provide’
  3. We do not sell or resell any gifts that you provide.  Your gifts go directly to meet people’s needs;
  4. Every person is treated with dignity and respect.

We are grateful for your support!

We love what we get to do here every day. Very simply, we receive what you provide, and we give it out to people in need.  We are so blessed to serve in the beautiful and generous community.  Thank you so much for your constant support.

Date Published: September 12, 2022

9,000+ received school supplies

Over 9,000 students received the supplies they needed to start school this Fall.  Mission Arlington® was able to provide those supplies to AISD students, because our community first provided them to us.  Your generosity constantly amazes us.

Aaron Perales, AISD’s “Director of Community Engagement, Equity, and Access,”  noted that the gift of school supplies puts those supplies “in the hands of kids who need it the most.”

“Some kids,” Perales continues, “don’t have what they need to feel confident about starting the school year.”   Perales expressed gratitude for the many different “community groups which support our district” by providing school supplies to students.

The Mission Arlington® family will continue to give out supplies as they are needed through the school year. We realize that some families may need as much help through the year, as they did when they got started.  It also takes a full year to get prepared to hand out supplies every Fall.  If you would like to contribute to this ongoing effort, click here to learn more.

We are grateful for your constant support!

Date Published: August 29, 2022

“Happy Birthday” Mission Arlington

Thirty-Six Years Ago

36-years ago today, Tillie Burgin started a new job at First Baptist Church, Arlington, taking the first step to fulfill a dream the Lord had planted in her heart many years before.  Seven (7) years earlier, Tillie, and her husband Bob, completed ten years of service as foreign missionaries in South Korea.  “If we could do missions in Korea, why couldn’t we do missions in Arlington?” was the question never very far from Tillie’s heart and mind. Tillie still remembers that first day of service as one of the most beautiful she had experienced.  No one could except the Lord could possibly know what was to come.

Taking Church to the People

A call came in on the first day of Tillie’s new job. A lady living in a North Arlington apartment community needed help paying a utility bill.  Tillie took the note and made a home visit.  Soon afterwards, not only was the bill paid, but the lady also offered to host a Bible study in her apartment.  Tillie found someone to teach the Bible study, and 17 people showed up on the very first Sunday – blue jeans, tennis shoes, “come as you are” Bible study.   “If people weren’t going to come to church,” for whatever reason, Tillie and others could “take church to the people.” In a matter of weeks, six different apartment communities had opened their doors for Bible studies, and a movement began.  Thirty-Six (36) years later, the Mission sponsors Bible studies in over 350 different locations.

One Life at a Time

One by one, people’s needs began to be evident.  The ministries developed from the bottom up, one family, one life at a time. As Mission Arlington stepped in to help with specific needs, the community began to respond.  God’s provisions were evident as the number of people coming through our front doors grew exponentially.   In 2022, we are averaging over 550 people a day, six days each week, coming through our doors for help.  These are ordinary people who have a moment of need.  Our heart and hope is to treat each person with dignity & respect, and to share God’s love with all who come across our path.  Along with the emergency assistance we provide (food, clothes, household items, furniture, and financial aid), other ministries have developed.  Our health clinics (medical, dental, and counseling) are active.  Fall Festivals, Easter egg hunts, Thanksgiving Day deliveries, and a free Christmas Store, are all part of the fun.

You Make A Difference Here

It takes hundreds of volunteers each week, and so many donations of food, clothing, household items, and furniture, to make things work for people in need.  We often say that we are “twice-blessed.”  We receive from you, and we are blessed by your generosity. Then, we are blessed again when we give away what you have provided – always free, and never a charge.  In fact, there is no charge for any service provided by Mission Arlington®.  We are always so thankful when you stop by with a donation of supplies, or with a check.  Your gifts make an authentic difference for people in need.  We truly are grateful for you.

Still Going

Thirty-Six (36) years later, Tillie is still here, early each morning, to late, serving the Lord, and loving the people.  We love the privilege we have of being a small part of this beautiful community.  With thirty-six (36) years behind us, we are still looking forward to the days, months, and years ahead.

Date Published: July 31, 2022

You can help with School Supplies

A volunteer organizing school supplies, getting the supplies ready for distribution later this month. We are grateful for all the volunteers who make a difference here.

Mission Arlington® is currently collecting and distributing school supplies for AISD students.

A Strong Community Need

It’s “no surprise” to anyone that the prices of school supplies are going up, in line with the inflation that’s encompassing our country. This makes it more difficult for ordinary families to have the supplies their students need to start the school year this August.  Mission Arlington® expects to provide school supplies for more than 9,000 AISD students again this year, and probably more.  It’s clear that the need will be as great as it ever has been.

School Supplies List

Simply put, Mission Arlington® gives away what you provide, and you have been so faithful through the years.  You can find a list of school supplies that students need HERE.

How to Provide School Supplies
  1. Purchase the supplies, and drop them off at Mission Arlington’s main campus downtown;  You can drop them off anytime between 7 a.m. & 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
  2. Use our Amazon Wish List – Choose supplies from our Amazon Wish List, and Amazon will deliver the supplies directly to us;
  3. Donate Funds for School Supplies – 1) You can write a check to Mission Arlington, placing “School Supplies” in the memo line, or 2) you can donate through our website. Choose the “School Supplies” designation, and we will pick up the supplies for you.
Volunteering to Organize/Distribute School Supplies
  1. Volunteer Times – anytime you are available between 7 a.m. & 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday;
  2. You or Your Team – Come by yourself, with your family/group of friends, or bring your team. All ages welcome.  Everyone can make a difference;
  3. Organizing / Distributing – It takes many hands to get school supplies organized and into back packs, and it is so much fun to do.  Giving away the supplies is fun too. Come see us.

It makes such a difference to moms & dads who are in between jobs, or for whom circumstances have been difficult, to know that their students (young or old) will have what they need to start school on the first day.  It also means so much to the students themselves.  We are so grateful for you, and for your constant support.

Date Published: July 25, 2022

Mid-Summer Report 2022

We thought you might enjoy this four-minute video highlighting the ministries of our Rainbow Express® and Summer Camps – so far this Summer.  Much more to come.


Date Published: July 19, 2022

Summer Camps Underway

Zip Lines at a Mission Arlington Summer Camp

Flying high in the sky at a Mission Arlington Summer Camp.

Six Summer Camps
Water Slides at a Mission Arlington Summer Camp

Keeping cool on a hot Saturday, Summer Camp day, with Mission Arlington.

Mission Arlington® will host 6 summer camps this year – 4 for younger children (K-3rd grade),  2 for children (4-6th grade), and 1 for youth. Our camps are one day experiences, where children & youth learn about the Lord while having great fun.

Wonderful Partnerships

We are grateful for our partnership with Camp Thurman through the years, who partners with us in caring for our community’s children.

So much energetic fun

Climbing walls, swimming pools, water slides, a great lunch, and a message of God’s love from the Bible are all part of the day.  Bible study leaders pick up students in Mission Arlington’s vans & buses all across our community.  The students and leaders register for camp at Mission Arlington, then load the buses to make the trip to camp.

We are grateful for you.

By the end of the day, in this hot Texas Summer, everyone is pretty tired, but the smiles tell the whole story. We are so grateful for your constant support.

Date Published: July 11, 2022

Summer Begins

It’s Summer in Texas.  It isn’t just that the weather is tipping upwards toward 100 again, but also that school’s out, and children are everywhere.  Memorial Day weekend kicks off the Summer season at Mission Arlington®, and there is so many good things ahead.

Rainbow Express®

Rainbow Express® is our version of a backyard Bible club – with crafts, snacks, games, music, Bible studies, blended in with lots of love for children & youth, and it starts today in seven (7) locations across Arlington. Earlier this year, Spring Break marked the first wave of Rainbow Express®, and the second wave starts now, cresting in August when students head back to school. Student groups from across the country are here now, and they will continue to come to our community all summer long. We are truly excited.  By the end of the season, we anticipate more than 20,000 children to be touched by the ministry of Rainbow Express® .

Summer Programs

Summer is a time when children & youth have more free time on their hands, so Mission Arlington® stays busy throughout our community leading Summer programs all summer long. This particular ministry varies, depending on the team and the place.  Some places have summer activities every day, and others just on certain days through the week.  Crafts, snacks, Bible Stories, games, various outings & trips, and time with caring adults form the backbone of these weekly experiences.  It is so much fun for everyone involved.

Summer Camps

Free summer camps for children and youth form a big part of the fun for July.  This year, we will have two camps for children, and one big camp for youth.  The camps have all kinds of outdoor activities, swimming, ropes courses, and more.  Each camp has a carefully crafter Bible study designed for the age group in attendance.  These camps are such a blessing to all involved.

School Supplies

Especially in these times of rising costs, having the right supplies for children to start school could be tougher than ever.  We are so pleased to be part of the solution for families who want their students to be able to start the school year right.  This year, we anticipate providing school supplies to over 10,000 Arlington ISD students with paper, pens, backbacks, scissors, and so much more.  You can learn more about how to help here.

Emergency Assistance

Helping people with emergency needs ramps up in the summer days.  Utility bills cost more.  Children are home without school assistance programs, so food costs go up.  We are so blessed to be here every day with the food, clothing, household items, and emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities which God provides through your generosity.  Our dental and medical clinics are in full operation to help people with their health care needs.

We are so blessed to be serving in this beautiful, generous community.  Your faithful support is such a blessing here – not just to the people in need, but also to us.  We are grateful for you.

Date Published: May 30, 2022


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