Employees are encouraged to give back to their charities of choice. Below are descriptions and links to several organizations that employees may wish to give to during Real.Texas.Giving. 

Addressing Mesquite Day
"Addressing Mesquite Day (AMD) is a community-wide day of service designed to help elderly and disabled residents with minor, exterior home repairs. Held the first Saturday of October, Addressing Mesquite Day is made possible with volunteers from the faith-based, business and civic cross-sections of the community and is supported by numerous donations." For more information, visit 

American Heart Association
"The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located." To give to the American Heart Association, visit

American Red Cross
"The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors."​ To give to the American Red Cross, visit

Mesquite Animal Services
"Mesquite Animal Services serves the residents of Mesquite, both animal and human, with professional and compassionate animal care including education, compliance, adoptions and disease prevention. Mesquite Animal Services will be a regional leader achieving exemplary animal welfare through humane treatment, adoption, spay/neuter, 90% live release, outreach and education." For more information on Mesquite Animal Services, visit To donate to Mesquite Animal Services, go to

Mesquite Public Library
"The Mesquite Public Library System enriches the community by providing access to educational, informational, recreational and cultural resources. The library collection includes books, magazines, audiobooks and videos, plus digital eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks. Donations help both the Mesquite Main Library and the North Branch Library to expand their collections and to fund programs for children, teens and adults. To donate to Mesquite Public Library, go to

Helping Others in Mesquite Everyday (HOME)
Helping Others in Mesquite Everyday (HOME) is a new initiative to support neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment in the Mesquite Community. HOME embraces the spirit of the highly successful Addressing Mesquite Day on a continuous basis. Addressing Mesquite Day is one of the largest one-day volunteer events in the North Texas region in which volunteers gather to perform needed tasks for the elderly and disabled residents. HOME is made possible through a collaborative partnership between Keep Mesquite Beautiful, the City of Mesquite and community volunteers. For more information about HOME, visit donate to HOME, go to

Historic Mesquite, Inc.
"Historic Mesquite, Inc.(HMI) is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of identifying and preserving historic structures, identifying and securing historic designations for properties, and providing the public with the tools to navigate Mesquite history and culture." For more information about HMI, visit To donate to HMI, go to

Keep Mesquite Beautiful
Keep Mesquite Beautiful’s (KMB) projects and programs are entirely funded through public donation.  In 2016, over 1000 KMB volunteers cleaned 52 public locations, provided all the plantings for the new 9/11 memorial, and reached nearly every student in Mesquite ISD to teach environmental responsibility. For more information about KMB, visit To donate to KMB, go to

Mesquite Arts Center
Your generous contribution makes so many things possible at the Mesquite Arts Center! Giving to the arts provides visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and cultural programs that positively affect so many people in the Mesquite community by providing them with opportunities to share experiences as a family. For more information, visit www.mesquiteartscenter.orgTo donate to the Mesquite Arts Center, go to

Mesquite Pipes and Drums
"Mesquite Pipes and Drums was established in 2009 by members of the Mesquite Fire Department in Mesquite, Texas. Through the support of our Fire Department, Mesquite Firefighter's Local 1518, City officials, private contributors and various individuals; we have been able to begin this journey in participating in a time-honored tradition.  Mesquite Pipes and Drums plays at many events including, but not limited to, funerals, memorial services, concerts, parades and private events. MesquitePipes and Drums is a 501.c3 organization." To make a donation to the Mesquite Pipes and Drums visit, Mesquite Pipes and Drums

Santa Cop Toy Program
The mission and purpose of the Santa Cop Toy Program is to provide assistance during the Christmas season to disadvantaged children and families in Mesquite and the surrounding communities served by the Mesquite Independent School District (MISD).  Patrol officers and MISD school counselors select the disadvantaged families.  Once they have been selected, they attend a special Christmas holiday presentation involving Mesquite police officers, MISD school district personnel, Citizens Police Academy volunteers, students and many more community volunteers. For more information on the Santa Cop Toy Program, visit To donate to Santa Cop, go to

Sharing Life Community Outreach
As a non-profit, benevolent organization our primary goal is to come along side individuals and families who need help obtaining the basic necessities of life. We offer a food pantry, a clothes closet, a holiday program, and utility assistance for those who are subject to disconnection of water, gas, or electrical services, assistance in getting gasoline to search for a job or get to work. In addition to this tangible help, SLCO also offers educational programs to enrich the lives and future of our clients. We offer jobs skills training that include basic computing skills and standard business applications, job interview skills classes which include resume writing and dressing for success, parenting classes, a twelve step class for those struggling with addiction and a mentoring program for young, single mothers. We believe every person is worthy of respect. For more information or to give online, visit

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
We believe in people and possibilities. We believe that everyone – regardless of where they started or ended up – should have the opportunity to be great. Sometimes the only thing someone needs in order to turn things around is opportunity. For more information or to give online, visit

Fill the Boot
Fill the Boot has been a strong fire fighter tradition for more than 65 years – giving families with muscular dystrophy in hometowns across America hope for the future and support for today. Fire fighters have played a major role in funding research for muscular dystrophy, MDA care Centers, and sending kids to MDA Summer Camp.