In all, 261 children served by the Fannin County Children’s Center had presents of clothes, shoes, coats, toys and other items to open on Christmas morning, thanks to many generous donors.
“The number of children given presents was only 1 child less than last year,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “However, this still is about 100 kids more than we had been giving presents to for many years prior to 2017. Fortunately, the Fannin County community turned out in force to make sure our kids were taken care of. So many individuals, families, businesses, churches and other organizations gave what they could and it all added up to meet the needs.”
First National Bank of Trenton, Legend Bank, Tax Assessor Collector Office, Tractor Supply, Blessings and Butterflies, Cato’s, Warrior Tire, Bonham Smiles, Cole Title Company and WalMart put up teddy bear trees to help the center collect presents. “Many of these locations have been doing this for as long as we can remember. A few places were new this year too,” said Barber. “We are so blessed by their generous and faithful support of our Christmas Drive.”
Presents of clothes, shoes, coats, toys and other items were given to the children and youth who are being served by CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Some of the children 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.
In January, there will be a new training class for individuals interested in becoming CASA volunteers. There will also be free classes for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to child abuse.