In all, 262 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 served grew by 48 percent this year,” Sandy Barber, executive director of the Children’s Center, said. “Fortunately, the people of Fannin County rose to the challenge and donations increased to meet the demand of providing presents to 86 more children than last year.”

First National Bank of Trenton, Legend Bank, Tax Assessor Collector Office, Tractor Supply, Blessings and Butterflies, Cato’s, Warrior Tire and Walmart put up teddy bear trees to help the center collect presents.

“Most of these locations have been doing this for more than a decade,” Barber said. “We are so grateful for their faithful support of our Christmas drive. We are also grateful to all of our volunteers who helped wrap and deliver presents. Once again, our volunteer wrappers included numerous student groups.”

Students from Dodd City, Leonard, Trenton, Bonham and Morning Star helped wrap presents. Several of these groups also collected donations.

Countless numbers of individuals, groups, churches and schools gave money and items to this effort. 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. For more information about the Children’s Center, call 903- 583-4339 or go to