Christmas plans have already begun at the Children’s Center. Earlier this month, staff and volunteers began contacting the children, youth and families they serve to find out what they need and want for Christmas. Faithful donors and supporters have already started contacting the center too in order to find out how they can be a part of the effort.
Last year, the Children’s Center gave presents of clothing, toys and more to 136 children and youth who were being served by the Children’s Center’s two primary programs: CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. “We anticipate serving a similar number of children this year,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.
Some of the children helped by this project are living in foster homes, away from family and friends. Other children have gone to live with grandparents or other relatives as a result of abuse or neglect. Many of these families struggle financially when one or more children suddenly come to live with them. In other families, the discovery of sexual abuse in the home has meant the loss of family income when the offender leaves.
Center staff and volunteers take the time to find out about the individual situation, needs, preferences and wishes of each child. The agency also works closely with Child Protective Services and other community agencies to ensure that efforts are coordinated and not duplicated.
Donations of cash, toys, new clothes, coats, shoes and other items are now being accepted. Teddy bear trees, which contain the wish or need of a specific child, are also being put up in Bonham at the Fannin County Courthouse, Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office, First National Bank of Trenton, WalMart and Blessings & Butterflies. For donors who are short on time, the center also accepts cash donations which will be used to purchase gifts for the children.
Contributions can be brought or mailed to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. Organizers ask that the donations arrive by Dec 9, or earlier if possible. This will allow time for gifts to be sorted, wrapped and delivered in time for the holidays. Checks should be made out to FCCC and indicate they are for Christmas. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, call 903-583-4339 or visit www.fanninccc.org.
For Christmas gifts for kids
« Toys for children under 3
« Gifts for teenagers
« Movies & music (rated G & PG only please)
« Craft kits, markers, coloring books, etc.
« Board games
« Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls
« Perfume, cologne, bath sets & make-up sets
« Jewelry & watches
« Purses, wallets, make-up bags & backpacks
« Gift cards for clothing and discount stores
« New clothing, coats & shoes for children ages 0-17
For the Children’s Center
« Wii games for the reception area
« Individually wrapped snacks & juice boxes
« Bottled water & canned soft drinks
« Cleaning supplies
« Copy paper
« Paper towels, plates, napkins, cups, plastic forks, etc
« Journals, paints, markers & other craft materials for therapy sessions