This will be a Christmas to remember for hundreds of children thanks to the kindness of others and two organizations that come together this time each year.
On Friday, the Wichita County Child Welfare Board and the Wichita Falls Police Department delivered hundreds of presents to children in need.
“We’re probably providing Christmas presents for about 450 children,” Geneva Schroeder with WCCWB said.
That includes every single foster child in Wichita County, and even some children whose parents need a little extra help stocking the tree this year.
“Many of the kids that come into foster care, some of them have not had the opportunity to have a good Christmas, maybe because of financial reasons or because their families have drug involvement or criminal involvement,” Schroeder said. “So this is an opportunity for us to show them what Christmas is really like.”
An organization called “Together We Rise” also donated blue duffel bags to foster children.
Bags of another kind were delivered to the Children’s Aid Society, where Santa Claus himself made an appearance with the WFPD to deliver presents to each child living there.
“All those kids jumping around, and they’re all in there waiting for their turn with Santa and getting their Santa bag, so that’s probably the best part,” Tammy Rice said.
Rice said these kids deserve a special Christmas, just as much as anyone else.
“They’re in a bad situation right here at Christmas time, and we want to make it the best that they’ve ever had,” she said.
The child welfare board received major help from businesses around the community, and the police department wants to give a huge thanks to the Police Officer’s Association for making these gifts possible for yet another year.