The annual Christmas drive at the Fannin County Children’s Center is up and running. Like most everything else this year, the effort will look a little different due to the pandemic. One thing that has not changed is the need for donations from the local community.
Last year, the Children’s Center gave presents of clothing, coats, shoes, toys and other gifts to 291 children and youth who were being served by the Children’s Center’s two primary programs: CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Organizers expect to serve a similar number of children this year.
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.
Donations of cash, toys, new coats, new hoodies, shoes and other items are now being accepted. Teddy bear trees, which contain wishes or needs are up at Blessings & Butterflies, CapTex Bank (Bonham & Trenton), Fannin Federal Credit Union, First United Bank (Bonham & Leonard), Fix and Feed, Legend Bank, Rebel Roots Boutique, Red River Gypsies, Stay Grounded Coffee Company, Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office (Tag Office), WalMart and Warrior Tire. For donors who are short on time, the center also accepts cash donations which will be used to purchase gifts for the children.
Donations can be brought or mailed to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. The center is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday, with extended hours until 6 pm on Dec 7-10.
Organizers ask that the donations arrive by Dec 11, or earlier if possible. This will allow time for gifts to be sorted and delivered in time for the holidays. Checks should be made out to FCCC and indicate they are for Christmas. Donations can also be made by credit or debit card on the center’s website.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, call 903-583-4339 or visit www.fanninccc.org.
- Toys for children under 3
- Gift cards and other gifts for teenagers
- Craft kits, markers, coloring books, etc.
- Board games, Legos and books
- Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls
- Perfume, cologne, bath sets & make-up sets
- Purses, wallets, make-up bags
- Gift cards for clothing and discount stores
- New coats and hoodies for children ages 0-17
- New shoes for ages 2-17