07/16/08: APEX Coffee Break
07/19/08: Buckner SOS Shoe Sort


07/06/08: Project Michelle


07/16/08 APEX Coffee Break

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Starbucks @ Campbell and 75 (Central Expressway)
Contact: Shirley, shirley@apexdallas.org

Join us for coffee break. Come learn more about APEX or come to chat!

If you're new to APEX or interested in joining the organization, then please come out and meet us at Starbucks on Campbell and 75/Central Expressway. This is a chance for YOU to get to know the officers and the organization better. We'll be there sipping on coffee and ready to muse on any topics.

If you're a regular member and just need a simple pick-me-upper in the middle of the work week, please also feel free to come out and enjoy a mocha latte or espresso with us.

07/19/08 Buckner SOS Shoe Sort

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008
Time: 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Location: Shoes for Orphans Souls Warehouse, 4520 South Buckner Blvd.,
Dallas, TX 75227 (SE corner of Buckner & Forney Rd.)
Contact: Stephanie, stephanie@apexdallas.org

APEX In Action is the name for the Community Service part of our organization. Come and join us as we take Action to make a difference in our community.

Are you ready to make a difference? Come and join us as we help Buckner's Shoes for Orphans Souls (SOS) at our next community service project. We will be processing/sorting donated new shoes and socks so they can ready to be packaged and distributed to orphanages overseas. Meet us at the Buckner Humanitarian Aid Warehouse on Saturday, July 19th from 9:30am-12:30pm for the shoe sort and lunch nearby with the other volunteers afterwards.

For the project we will be:
* cutting off price tags
* "zip-tying" shoes together
* sorting by gender, size, and type
* counting and packing shoes in shipping boxes

Shoes for Orphan Souls (SOS), which collects and distributes shoes to orphans in more than 30 countries, is one of Buckner Orphan Care International's (www.helporphans.org) humanitarian outreach programs. The program collected 5,000 pairs of new shoes each year. For more information, visit www.shoesfororphansouls.org.


07/06/08 Project Michelle

Date: Sunday July 6, 2008
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Place: Dallas Chinese Fellowship Church (2640 Glencliff Drive, Plano, TX)
Contact: Bryan Cheng (cell: 917-647-3507) bryan.n.cheng@gmail.com

Michelle Maykin, was diagnosed with Leukemia in February 2007 and is urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Michelle was in remission until last month when her cancer heartbreakingly returned. Please help us find a bone marrow donor match. Michelle is 26-years old and of Chinese/Vietnamese ethnic heritage. Her match is most likely to come from someone of Asian descent.

In support of her search, her family and friends have created a nationwide campaign called "Project Michelle" (www.projectmichelle.com) to increase the number of Asians and other minorities registered in the bone marrow registry and to help educate people on the bone marrow donation process. Many people have misconceptions about the pain and discomfort involved in bone marrow donation. Medical advances have made the process almost equivalent to giving blood! Project Michelle's goal is to enroll 15,000 minority registrants as all minority groups are currently underrepresented in the national registry.

To make Project Michelle a success in Dallas, we need your help. First, please stop by our drive this Sunday (7/6) at Dallas Chinese Fellowship Church in Plano (2640 Glencliff Dr.) starting at 12pm. If you can't make it this Sunday, please read below on other ways to help!

Things you can do
1. Get Registered!
Getting registered is quick and requires only a simple cheek swab and paperwork (10 minutes of your time). If you are actually a match, the donation process is very similar to giving blood. Updates on drives in this area and throughout the country can be found at www.projectmichelle.com/calendar.html

2. Get Involved!
i) Drives are easy to organize, and if you would like to set one up in your community (workplace, church, community center, etc.), I'd be happy to provide all the resources you'll need.
ii) Volunteer at a drive to help walk-thru the registration form and explain the cheek swab. Training volunteers can take just 10-15 minutes.
iii) Or the easiest thing of all - please plug me into the Dallas Asian community (I just moved here!) so that I know what events are going on and where we could set-up a registration table.

3. Learn More!
To learn more, please visit www.projectmichelle.com, read this article from the Houston Chronicle (www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/5830385.html), or open this pdf file. Please help spread the word to your friends about this important cause!

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