Most children are fortunate to be raised in a warm and secure environment where parents provide the love and discipline that is vital for growth and development. For those children whose circumstances do not allow for such an environment, the Children’s Village exists to offer healing, hope, and help. For more than 28 years, the Children’s Village has provided care to children who find their lives, values, relationships, and hopes for the future shattered by their present circumstances.
On Saturday, March 26, the Children’s Village will host the Tyler Azalea 10K and Two Mile Fun Run/Walk along with the Tyler Azalea Kids 50-Yard Dash. This annual event will be held in Tyler’s Azalea District and will start at Bergfeld Park. Proceeds from this event will benefit the work of the Children’s Village to help neglected, abused, or homeless children in need of care.
Jeff Billings serves as vice president on the Children’s Village Board of Directors and encourages the community to come out in support of this fun-filled event. Avid runners can compete for a coveted trophy, or families can have time together as they run/walk and enjoy the beauty of the azaleas, dogwood trees, and spring flowers. Awards will also be presented for this shorter distance event.
Mr. Billings has served as president of the Robert E. Lee Band Parents Association and was a Scout leader for Boy Scouts of America Troop 335. He has volunteered for the Red Cross and is a recipient of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Businessman Award.
“Jesus taught us to love our neighbors,” Mr. Billings said. “This is only accomplished when we put our words into actions. Each time that we share our lives with others, we all grow. Often times the one who gives, receives the most.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Billings, owner of Billings Tire & Service Company, has been a member of the Tyler community for 49 years. He and his wife, Angie, have been married 30 years and are the parents of one adult son, Blake. Mr. Billings is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and attended Tyler Junior College. He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. and Mrs. Billings are members of First Christian Church where Mr. Billings has served as board chairman and has taught Sunday school.
“The people of Tyler are phenomenal. Everyone here genuinely cares about each other, and this is reflected in the countless volunteer organizations that strive to not only help others but to make the Tyler area a better place to live. There are not many communities that have the ability to inspire people to share like Tyler does. It’s a great place to live and raise a family,” Mr. Billings said.