Grayson County community donates Easter baskets for foster kids

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- More than 80 local kids in foster care are in for an Easter surprise. Easter basket after Easter basket have flooded into the Grayson County Child Protective Services office over the past few weeks.

"We have about 210 kids in foster care in Grayson County, some of these kids, this may be the first basket they've ever gotten," CPS supervisor Sara Fagan said.

It all started with a post by the Child Welfare Board back in February.

"So we reached out over Facebook and asked for people to bring in Easter baskets," Fagan said.

Jeanne Ulcak works for Ruiz Foods. One of her team members saw the post and spread the word.

"This is their first year to start and she just said we need to jump on this, this is an opportunity for us to give back to the community," Ulcak said.

Through a program called Ruiz Cares, the team members got enough donations to fill 51 baskets and delivered them Wednesday.

"Chocolate Easter bunnies, the eggs are stuffed with candy, jump ropes, MP3 players, hot wheels," Ulcak said.

These baskets, combined with about 30 other community basket donations, brought the total to more than 80.

"It's just a time for them to celebrate and to have a somewhat normal life in a very unnormal situation for them," Fagan said.

"If this can bring some of those kids enjoyment, that's what it's all about," Ulcak said.

The CPS staff will now deliver the baskets to the kids.