POSTED: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 12:38pm
The little girl with buttons on her boots. Several years ago our Children’s Therapist worked with an eight year old girl who had been sexually abused. In order to keep her children safe the girl’s mother had moved out of her home and was struggling to take care of her three children. Her mother scoured the thrift shops searching for clothing and shoes for her children when she happened across a pair of boots for her oldest child. The boots were a size too big and the toes were horribly scuffed but they were only a dollar and all her mother could afford. That night she attempted to polish the boots but the toes were too scuffed so she decorated the toes of her daughter’s boots with buttons of many colors and sizes to cover up the scuffs. On the child’s next visit to her therapist the eight year old proudly showed off her “new” boots. Our therapist recounted this story to other staff and they began gathering gifts of clothing and toys for this family for Christmas. The therapist purchased a new pair of boots for her young client. A few weeks following Christmas the young girl came in for her appointment and to our therapist’s surprise her young client was still wearing her boots with buttons on the toes. She asked her young client why was she not wearing her new boots and the young girl replied, “My mother made these boots beautiful just for me and whenever I look at them I know how much my mother loves me”.
The East Texas Crisis Center invites your Sunday School Class to adopt a family for Christmas. Christmas is the most difficult time for women to leave their own homes and live in our emergency shelter. Not only do they often leave everything behind but they usually have no resources for the luxury of Christmas gifts for their children.
The East Texas Crisis Center provides safe shelter, nutritious meals, counseling, educational programs for women, a Children’s Prevention & Education Program that helps children heal emotionally and academic intervention that identifies children who have fallen behind in their school work to help them catch up to their grade level. With these interventions we help women and their children break the generational cycle of family violence. These women and children will someday have the opportunity to help others in need, for Christmas future.
Your donation of money or gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Visa or MasterCard are distributed to each mother so that she has the joy of shopping for her own children. For women who have just recently left our shelter your donation can help with gifts and food. Your group can adopt a family of the size and age ranges of your choosing. Please contact Angela Rowell at 903-509-2530 for more information. You can visit our website at www.etcc.org  to learn more about our services and programs.
With heartfelt thanks,
If you would like to help a family, click the attachment below to print out and turn in.