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Adopt-a-Family program for Christmas

‘Mom, how will Santa ever find us?’

Adopt a family and ensure young survivors aren’t forgotten this Christmas
LUFKIN, TX (November 17, 2022) –The first concern of many boys and girls forced to leave their abusive homes during the holidays is, "Mom, how will Santa ever find us?"
The purpose of the Family Crisis Center’s Adopt-a-Family program is to match community members with survivors of abuse and their children who are working hard to build new lives free from violence.
“For parents and children, fleeing abuse during the holidays is an extremely stressful time.
Escaping an abusive situation could mean leaving behind items like toys and clothing. Financial abuse may mean someone cannot buy presents, or even food, for their children,” said Whitney Burran, executive director of the Family Crisis Center.
“Adopting a family is a wonderful way to remind these survivors that they are cared for by the community as they begin their healing journey free from violence.”
Individuals, businesses or groups can contact the agency and “adopt” a family who is currently receiving services at the Family Crisis Center. The agency will provide a personalized list of gift selections, as well as the clothing and shoe size of each family member.
Families can be adopted until Wednesday, Nov. 30, and unwrapped gifts and wrapping supplies can be delivered to the agency’s administrative office—or any outreach office—until Thursday, Dec. 8, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Last year, Santa found the new homes of 91 families—including 187 children—thanks to those that adopted a family.

For more information on the Adopt-a-Family program, contact Angela Turner, marketing & communications coordinator at the Family Crisis Center, at 936-639-1681 or email her at

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas (FCCET) is a non-profit organization that empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing crisis intervention and advocacy services. The FCCET also engages the community through education to build awareness and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 1979, the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas (Women’s Shelter of East Texas, Inc.) staffs a full array of professionals specializing in assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Those services included emergency shelter, a 24-hour
crisis hotline, access to food and clothing, information and referral, legal and personal advocacy, child advocacy, counseling, support groups, job readiness training, transitional housing, homeless prevention financial assistance, child care assistance, and more.


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