East Texas Community Uses Gift of Hope Project to Help Abused Children While on Vacation


KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Kaufman County community is accepting donations to help children and families in crisis with their annual Gift of Hope project.

The initiative has been a tradition for six years. It provides $ 100 Walmart gift cards during the holidays to children who are removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, according to the office of Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards.

The REACH child placement agency is working with local churches and the Terrell, Forney and Kaufman Fire and Police Departments are helping to organize the project. The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, Kaufman County Officers, District Attorney’s Office, Local City and County Officials, Child Advocates, Department of Family Protective Services and other organizations and businesses are also helping.

The initiative’s mission is to help restore a child’s confidence in their community and to create respect for those in charge who try to help them out of a difficult situation.

The sponsors of the Gift of Hope said they were grateful to residents and organizations in Kaufman County and other counties who donate gift cards to the program each year.

“Please donate today,” the Kaufman County Judge’s Office wrote. For more information on how you can donate, support or volunteer, please contact the CEO of REACH Child Placement Agency, Tammy Pargoud at 972-325-8221 or Vanessa Brooks at 469- 585-3395.

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