Liberty County CPS board thanks community for generosity

The Liberty County CPS Advisory Board includes (left to right) Dr. David Arnold, Cyndie Abshire, Mary Kay Hicks, Marilyn Gilliland, Donna Hebert, Becky Dearmore, Donna Burt, Ena Stoesser, Wendell Null. Not available for photo is John Hebert.

The Liberty County Children’s Protective Services Board thanks all the friends and supporters of the foster children with their monetary and toy donations. 

The board is comprised of volunteers who are actively involved in supporting the staff, caregivers, foster parents and volunteers involved with the protection and welfare of children, especially those who are abused and neglected. 

As of this month, approximately 170 Liberty County children who have been placed under Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS) managing conservatorship are living in foster homes, relative placements, and treatment centers scattered throughout Texas.  Most have been abused or neglected by the people they trust, and their stories are hard to hear.  

“Many people want to help families in need, but don’t often think about the foster care system.  All donations, no matter what the amount, will be greatly appreciated.  With your help the board can introduce newfound hope into the lives of these children and most importantly, know that someone cares for them today and throughout the year,” said Board President Cyndie Abshire.

Residents of Liberty County can help the cause by making a tax-deductible monetary donation via check payable to Liberty County CPS and mail to John Hebert, LCCWB Treasurer, P. O. Box 857, Liberty Texas 77575.

“As we welcome in 2019 we look back on 2018 with a trail of gratitude. These are some of the good works we were able to provide to enhance the children’s lives during their stay in the foster care system. In 2018 we did two major monetary distributions for fall school needs and a second one in December for Christmas gifts,” Abshire said.

Additionally, throughout the year, the Rainbow Room was stocked with clothing, blankets, diapers, toiletries, school supplies, toys, and pillows as particular needs arose.

“We provided beds, conference fees, tutoring, driver’s education funding, band instruments, cheerleading uniforms, basketball and summer camp fees, birth certificate fees, and graduation items including class rings, caps and gowns. We hosted a Christmas party where the children enjoyed pizza, visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus, danced with an Elf DJ, face painting, photo ops, balloon artist, and received blankets and gifts. We helped sponsor an adoption day event in November for approximately 150 people where nine foster children received gifts as they were adopted and placed in forever homes. Your cherished donations help produce brighter futures for the abused and neglected children in our county,” said Abshire. “Your contribution is an affirmation of the kindness and humanity that still exists in this world.”

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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