Childhood is a special time, but not all children are fortunate to be raised in a warm, secure, and loving environment. Children’s Village exists to help children from Northeast Texas who are neglected, abused, or homeless and who need care. For more than 28 years, Children’s Village has provided 24-hour residential care in family-style homes. Homes are co-ed and serve sibling groups so they can remain together.
Children’s Village is dedicated to offering healing and help for youth who, because of family dysfunction and abuse, find their lives, values, relationships, and hopes for the future shattered by their present circumstances.
Children’s Village relies on private donations and gifts, and special event fundraisers to support their mission and goals. As a member of the board of directors for Children’s Village, Mr. J. P. Davis invites the community to attend the 2011 Children’s Village Benefit Horse Show to be held on July 23 and July 30. On July 23, the show will feature events such as straightaway, flags, poles, and barrels. The July 30 show will feature showmanship, western pleasure, horsemanship, and reining. The event is open to all ages, and participants, aged 17 and younger, with overall high points will be eligible to receive a saddle. The reserve boy and reserve girl will each receive a buckle. The annual Benefit Horse Show is sponsored by the Tyler Saddle Club, Inc. and the East Texas Horse Show Association. Proceeds from sponsors, registration, and concessions benefit Children’s Village.
Outside of his service to the Children’s Village, Mr. Davis has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and a financial counselor for People Attempting To Help (PATH).
“From an early age, I learned the value of volunteerism and worked to apply this knowledge to service projects in high school, college, and beyond,” Mr. Davis said. “I try to abide by 1 Peter 4:10 which says, ‘God has given each of us a unique gift, talent, or ability, and we should use those gifts to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.’ ”
Born in Carthage, Texas, Mr. Davis has lived in Tyler for 16 years. He and his wife of eight years, Kishla, are the parents of Rex, 6, and Ty, 5. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Carthage High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are active members of First Baptist Church in Tyler.
“My wife is from Kilgore and I’m from Carthage, so East Texas is home for us. We feel blessed to live in a community like Tyler where volunteerism is an everyday part of life. We know that our children will grow up with the knowledge that each of us is expected to be of service to their fellow man,” Mr. Davis said.
For more information about the 2011 Children’s Village Benefit Horse Show, please call 903-592-3421 or visit www.tylersaddleclub.com.