More than 350 children are available to sponsor for Christmas
(Winnsboro, TX) – In this year alone, more than 350 children in northeast Texas have been victims of child sexual and physical abuse or neglect – the majority of whom are girls ages six to twelve.
While circumstances for these children and families may be difficult this year, anyone in northeast Texas can sponsor an “Angel” and help make this holiday season special for a local child in need.
“The Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center has been coordinating the Angel Tree program for our children, their siblings and families for nearly 20 years,” Lauren Fleming, the NETCAC Executive Director said. “With the cost of everything going up this year, it’s even more challenging for some of these families to create a magical Christmas for their kids – this is where our community comes in.”
“Angels” are children and their siblings ages 0 – 17 who have utilized NETCAC’s services this year and may have been alleged victims of child abuse or witness to domestic violence or drug use in the home.
“We are so grateful for how the community comes together every year to provide for our kids,” Fleming said. “We love seeing the Christmas spirit come alive for these families. It makes a tough job much easier and is a reminder of what this season is all about.”
Members of the community, including civic organizations, church groups and businesses, are encouraged to sponsor or adopt an “Angel” by purchasing items on their lists or to make a financial contribution toward the Angel’s gift requests.
General donations of new and handmade new items such as toys, games, diapers, stuffed animals, and more are also welcomed. For a full list of items, please visit https://www.netcac.org/services/angel-tree. To make a financial contribution, go to https://www.netcac.org.
To learn how you or your group can be part of the Angel Tree program this Christmas, contact Jennifer Williams at [email protected] or call (903) 629-7588.
For nearly 25 years, the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has served more than 10,000 children and families in an eight-county region including Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Titus, Upshur and Wood Counties. NETCAC collaborates with partners in law enforcement, child protective services and prosecutors to help victims of child physical and sexual abuse find hope and healing. To learn more, visit http://www.netcac.org.