State Farm Helping Kids

State Farm 2021 SS“Growing up my family always had a passion for helping underprivileged kids,” said Jake Shockley, a local State Farm agent. “So this is a cause that is really close to my heart.”

“Jake and his team from State Farm were a huge help with our 25th Annual School Supply Drive,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Fannin County Children’s Center. “Not only did they donate boxes and boxes full of backpacks filled with supplies, they helped a lot on the day of the big drive thru giveaway. They braved the heat to help get paperwork completed, filled orders and carried backpacks full of supplies to the cars.”

“There are too many children in Fannin County that lack the basic necessities,” said Shockley. “Anything we can do to help those kids have the same opportunities that we were so blessed to have growing up is something we want to be a part of! If a new backpack and some new school supplies helps them feel proud and gets their year kicked off to a good start, maybe that will be a start to making a difference in their lives.”

In all, 617 kids got backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to Shockley and many other generous donors and dedicated volunteers.

“It was great event that the Children’s Center put on,” said Shockley. “We were proud to be a part of it.”

“We are grateful for the partnership we have formed with Jake and his team,” said Barber. “Looking ahead, they have also already pledged to be a sponsor for Justice Is Served and volunteer with our Christmas Drive. It’s folks like them who give and help how they can that make our work possible.”

The Children’s Center is currently seeking sponsors and auction items for their big fundraising event called Justice Is Served. The Center is also seeking volunteers to help in a variety of roles. To learn more about the Children’s Center, go to or call (903) 583-4339.

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