Gift of Love: 8-year-old Marcus

By Jennifer Hines - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - He loves sports and the outdoors. And, while Marcus loves pizza, he's quick to tell you salad is not his thing. By the time summer is up, 8-year-old Marcus will be nine and ready to enter the 4th grade. Marcus loves to be outside, so what better than a round of putt-putt golf?

"Play on the monkey bars and play basketball," said Marcus.

"He's very active, sports, anything to do with competition or games," said caseworker, April Hays. "Video games, basketball, football. He enjoys going to the boys and girls club."

He also likes animals. Dogs and horses are his favorite, and he'd love to have both.

"Because a dog can watch you and a horse you can ride," said Marcus.

And, when it comes to the future Marcus wants to become a police officer. He tells me it's so he can protect his community by keeping the bad guys off the streets. When asked what he wanted most in a family, Marcus' reply was very simple: food. It's a sad reminder that, for children like Marcus, just having their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter met are a big change from their previous situation.

"Pizza, corn, mashed potatoes [and] macaroni," said Marcus.

But, it's not all about food for the growing boy. He also wants a family that is active and will take him camping. As for school...

"He does struggle with school but he really enjoys going," said Hays "He needs more one on one for that."

He'll need extra help to keep him focused in the classroom and motivation to complete his homework in the evening.

"He needs a family that can be patient and structured," said Hays. "He has to have pretty defined boundaries."

Marcus is the oldest of the two brothers and a sister. It's important to him to have a family that will encourage that strong bond.

"He wants to have siblings," said Hays. "He wants to be in a family with siblings. Family is important to him."

At such a young age, Marcus has a really strong understanding of what it means to be adopted. He remembers clearly all of the negatives he experienced in his past and knows that he deserves a family that will keep him safe and share with him the gift of love.

If you'd like more information on Marcus, call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

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