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Gift of Love: 11-year-old Robbie

By Jennifer Hines - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Robbie suited up just like a real fireman, in fact, that's what he wants to be when he grows up. He spent the day at a Tyler fire station learning the ropes, including how to use the water hose! Don't worry thought, in his case he practiced watering the lawn instead of trying to put out a burning building.

He even got to help with working the equipment on the truck, and you probably don't have to guess his favorite colors are red and black. But, even more than he wants to become a firefighter, Robbie wants to find a family to adopt him. The 11-year-old is always on the go and looking for new things that capture his attention.

He loves to play in the park, and especially enjoys the monkey bars.

"I like to hang upside," said Robbie.

He works best in a predictable and structured environment. Now in the 5th grade, school can be challenging for Robbie, but he tries his best and works hard. His family will need to work closely with teachers to help him stay on target, especially with reading and writing. Robbie needs patient guidance to help him learn better ways to express his emotions and navigate social situations. Oh, did I mention Robbie loves animals?

"I like giraffes," he said. "Because they have a long neck."

Puzzles and Legos keep Robbie busy when he isn't roller blading or playing ball outside.

"I built me a helicopter with a little landing pad and didn't have enough pieces so I took it apart and built something else," said the practical child. "We tried to build a lighthouse but that didn't work."

Robbie does have siblings that he maintains contact with, so it will be important for Robbie's family to continue to foster a positive relationship with them. Robbie just wants a family to call his own, one that can show him the gift of love.

If you'd like to know more about Robert call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

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