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12/18/07 - Tyler

Gift of Love: Day Care Gives Christmas Presents

At just 4 years old, children from the Tyler Metro Children's Center day care are making a difference in the lives of other children. "Not only are they helping other children in need but it's also teaching our children how to give back," says Carissa Fisher, the Center's Director.

Carissa says for the past month, they collected money in a bottle bearing the pictures of two local foster children. "So every time they dropped money in there they would see those faces for the association of who they were giving to."

"I've been a good girl. I gave about a $1000," says 4 year old Kaitlyn Morris, stretching the truth.  There is no exaggeration though when it comes to the joy they are sharing with other children.

On this day, they met one of the children they helped; 2 year old Zoe.  "When she walked into Chuck E. Cheese's in Tyler and the kids called her name, she was like 'Wow, me?,'" says Lisa Barryer who is planning to adopt Zoe.

A room full of strangers quickly became Zoe's new friends. "I played with her. We climbed up the slide and then we ride in the car," says 5 year old Taelor Crumptom.

"This is our field trip and we watched them open presents and play. Those presents come from us," says 4 year old Colby Eschberger with a big grin.

All the day care children had different reasons for why they gave those presents.

"Because you have to give everyone a Christmas present so they'll be happy," says 4 year old Kristen Rivers.

Kaitlyn adds, "Because me and my brother like Christmas."

Colby says, "I like to wrap Christmas presents. All my friends wrapped them. We take turns."

Even at 4 years old, these children understand why it's important to help foster children. "Zoe needs a mommy and a daddy," says Kristen.

"These children have so much and through this project they learned that their grateful for what they have and I think this Christmas will be special for them when they have their own presents under the tree to think about what they did for some other children out there," says Carissa.

With a warm smile Lisa says, "Thanks a lot. We really appreciate it. These presents will come in handy this year for Zoe."

In this giving season, these young East Texas children are spreading the Gift of Love the only way they know how. Colby says, "We wish you a Merry Christmas!"

The Tyler Metro Children's Center hopes to continue this project next year and encourages other day cares and schools to get involved in similar projects to help foster children.

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

Gillian Sheridan, Reporting 

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