Gift of Love

Gift of Love: Chelsy

Eventually, Chelsy hopes to be able to put down her special bag for good. This time, in a place she never wants to leave.

Gift of Love: Dale

  Gift of Love: Kay’Dence

  Gift of Love: Alex

  Gift of Love: Hannah

Gift of Love: Jenna

  Gift of Love: John, Abigail, Bryson

Lone Star native takes two honors at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

E. Texas child abuse survivor to represent Texas at Miss. America’s Outstanding Teen

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  Gift of Love: Robin

  Gift of Love: Memphis

  4 children, 16-year-old adopted into forever families

  Gift of Love: Armani

  Call for churches to pray for children facing abuse on “Blue Sunday”

  Gift of Love: Daylon

  Healing through Art: Live painting to benefit abused teenage girls

No matter where you are this weekend, an East Texas organization helping abused foster children is hosting an event you can take part in.This Saturday, Artfix Cultured Studios in Downtown Tyler is teaming up with Hope Haven of Smith County for “Stronger Together: Women Artists.”“Every dime that is

“Beds of Hope” seeks to build 70 beds for East Texas children in care of CPS

When a child is removed from a home by CPS, one of the first things they need is a bed to sleep in. Organizations like “Beds of Hope” work fill that need. According to the “Beds of Hope” Facebook page, their next event is happening Saturday, April 6th in Longview.

  Faith-based foster care program changes name, mission

A new name and a new initiative is in place for an East Texas organization that has been helping children across East Texas for years. “We've been waiting a long time to be able to share this with people,” said East Texas Orphan Care Network’s Justin Hayes.

CASA calls child abuse an ‘everywhere problem’

“This is not a Dallas problem, this is not a Houston problem, this is a problem everywhere,” said East Texas CASA Executive Director Shelly Smith. “Whether you talk about it or don't talk about it, it exists.”

  Texarkana woman named “Angel in Adoption” by Congress

  Gift of Love: Jordan and Jaylon

  Gift of Love: Gabriella, Ethan, Joshua

  Gift of Love: Angela

  Gift Of Love: Dale

Gift of Love: Jonathan

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  WEBXTRA: Veterans tour the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
  WEBXTRA: Behind the scenes of firefighter training

  Gift of Love: Raymon

Raymon, 13, isn't just fascinated by animals, he sees them much like himself. "Because some might be abused and they may need help, so I want to help them out," said Raymon.

  Miss North Texas Outstanding Teen shares personal adoption story

Ahead of Adoption Awareness month in November, an East Texas teen is shedding light on the importance of the self-less act of adoption. She shared her own story of triumph over tragedy at the R4 Adoption Match Event in Canton Saturday.

  Gift of Love: La’Rey

For teens in protective care, the biggest fear is aging out of the system.“I already signed a contract for extended foster care so I am going to stay in CPS when I turn 18,” said La’Rey. For La'Rey, the opportunity to stay into her early twenties gives her valuable time to find the forever family

  Gift of Love: Benjamin

Six-year-old Benjamin is a kindergartner with a passion for life.“I wish I had another family with mom, dad, sister, brothers, all those kind of things,” said Benjamin.

  Gift of Love: Legacy Closet provides hundreds of foster children clothing

For children who are unexpectedly placed in protective care, the clothes on their backs may be the only thing they have to wear for weeks to come. “They were taken in the middle of the night, I got them at 12:30 in the morning,” said the assistant director of Legacy Closet Veronica McGee.

  Gift of Love: Landen, a creative 13-year-old, needs a loving family

For Landen life is about creating and learning.

  Gift of Love: Roy, Matthew, & Aiyden

Roy, 10, has a love for all things outdoors, but his true passion is his brothers.

  Fire chief, teacher celebrate adoption of baby boy after infertility

"It just felt like it was meant to be, like he was meant to be in our lives," said Alto Kindergarten teacher and new mother Liz Trotty.

  Gift of Love: Shyden

For a young teen named Shyden, he's anything but shy.  He's a 13-year-old with a clear vision of what he wants to be when he grows up.   "I want to be the storm tracker," said Shyden. "I'm going to be a weather anchor and a news anchor!"  The only thing missing is a family to support him.

  Gift of Love: Nathan

To say 7-year-old Nathan always sees the brighter side would only be scratching the surface.

  Gift of Love: Demarcus

What began at an elementary school birthday party, ended in the making of a family.

Gift of Love: Therapeutic Foster Families

There is a big need for therapeutic foster families in East Texas for foster children with medical needs.

  Gift of Love: Caitlin

Caitlin is looking for a forever family to show her the Gift of Love.

  Gift of Love: Noah

Noah is looking for the Gift of Love and wants more than anything to find a family that loves to be on the go.

  Gift of Love: Destiny

It was an afternoon of cooking up something delicious inside the Discovery Science Center with Destiny. This 11-year-old funny, inquisitive, creative and full of imagination. Destiny is currently in the 5th grade and loves art class. "It's painting and stuff and I like to paint," Destiny said. Destiny enjoys playing games, drawing, coloring, doing crafts, skating, going swimming, playing with dolls, helping with cooking and she loves teddy bears. Destiny also likes to play...

  Gift of Love: Leighton

Leighton is looking for the Gift of Love.

  Gift of Love: Children Advocacy Center of Smith County Rainbow Room

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Several organizations are doing their part to help our youngest victims in all sorts of ways. Every day child victims of physical and sexual abuse come through the doors of the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County. The non-profit serves children ages birth through 17 who have been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, witnessed a violent crime or been exposed to community violence.

  Gift of Love: Justice

This 12 year old is a sweet and vivacious child. Her red hair, freckles, and sweet smile are hard to overlook.

  Gift of Love: Randall, Love and Eden

These three siblings had a great afternoon bouncing off the floor, walls and every thing else at iJump.

Restaurant Reports: 4 great inspections for area restaurants

Four restaurants got excellent scores on their health reports in recent weeks.