The Fannin County Family Crisis Center will be giving away a playhouse designed as a spacious beach house. The drawing for the house will be on Valentine’s Day and the playhouse can be delivered anywhere in Fannin County.


Money raised will be used to provide services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other violent crimes.


A paid ticket provides the holder a chance to win a playhouse and provide the children in their lives a space for imaginative play, which is considered to be important to the development of their cognitive and social skills.


“This kind of play helps children understand the world around them and improves their ability to preforms tasks in real life,” an emailed news release said. “You could add a play phone, a play kitchen or other items so the children can express themselves physically and verbally, they can act, react and interact and try out different roles and scenarios within their safe space.”


These types of crimes harm families in many ways.


“Domestic violence and adult sexual assault are the number one underreported crime in our nation,” the release said. “Victims often believe they are to blame, are filled with so much shame and fear they cannot make it on their own. These beliefs keep them from getting help, which in turn, causes more harm to themselves and their children. Anyone and everyone can help. If you or someone you know could benefit from the center’s services, please call or visit the center. All information is kept confidential. Sometimes friends or family suspects or knows of someone in a bad situation and they just do not know what to do. You may be the lifeline that calls us or offers to come with the person to our office. “


Tickets can be obtained at Fannin County Family Crisis Center in Bonham, First United Bank in Bonham, Creative Art Center in Bonham, Bonham Chamber of Commerce/Bonham Visitor Center, Eagerly Sought in Honey Grove and Leonard Pharmacy.


The center is located at 118 East Sam Rayburn Drive in Bonham and the 24/7 hotline is 903-583-7000.