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Christmas Party Held For Foster Kids

Some East Texas foster children celebrated Christmas a little early. The party included pizza, activities and presents of course. A former East Texas foster child came back to help with the party. "I wanted to help because they helped me out a bunch when I was in foster care. I thought nobody cared and they made me realize that someone did care," said Cinda Fletcher.

Cinda was in foster care ten years ago and can still remember the Christmas party that volunteers put together for her and the other children. "I had been in foster care for about three or four months then and there was a Christmas party with a lot of people and they were nice and it just brightened my day," says Cinda. So she came back to volunteer, to brighten the day for the foster kids and make it something they will always remember.

A puppet show was one of the main attractions, making the children laugh . "It's important to the children because it shows them that people care about them and it gives them a sense of normality," Chairman of the Smith County Welfare Board Blake Stowe said.

This is Keyounia and Lagarian's second year to attend the Christmas party.  "It's a lot of fun and you get to be with your friends," said Keyouina, 15, a foster child. It gives you the chance to be out in the open something you really enjoy to do."  Lagarian, 13, says, "I'm having a good time. I enjoy coming out and eating pizza, drink sodas and just play games and have fun. It's good time with family and friends." The kids got a chance to just be a kids and experience a little joy of the holidays.

Stowe says, "Besides enjoyment, they see that they are valued and loved and cared for." More than 150 children attended the annual Christmas party. The event was hosted by the Tyler/Smith County Child Welfare Board along with generous donations from area businesses.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.

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