CPS making sure no child goes without Christmas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

CPS making sure no child goes without Christmas

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Every child loves opening presents on Christmas, but not every child will have that opportunity this holiday season.

That's why Child Protective Services held its 26th annual "Christmas is for Kids" campaign.

"We are in these families' homes, we know when we walk in they don't have a Christmas tree up, or if they do have a tree up there's no presents," said program coordinator Shawn Vandygriff.

It's for kids like Concepcion and Rosalva Palomo, so they will have a Christmas, too.

"I want to tell everybody thank you so much for doing absolutely everything that they have," said Rosalva.

CPS handed out more than 300 presents on Sunday, but Rosalva says they are much more than just presents, they are gifts that money cannot buy.

"The biggest thing that we've gotten from everything is our happiness," she said.

Rosalva is the oldest of six and they are just a few of nearly 800 South Plains children that CPS is projected to provide Christmas to this year.

"We don't always have enough money to get stuff for the kids and it meant a lot for all of us to have presents. I know it helped my mom so much," Rosalva said.

"That's exactly why we do this. Christmas is for kids and no kid should go without Christmas," Vandygriff said.

Rosalva and the other CPS children would like to thank the South Plains community from the bottom of their hearts.

"This is honestly the Christmas that we might not have had before," she said.

Child Protective Services wants to extend a special thanks to Holiday Inn, McDonald's, Gandy's and all of those who donated.

Drop-off locations are at all McDonald's (except Walmart locations) and at KCBD NewsChannel 11 at 5600 Avenue A.

They will still be accepting donations until Friday.

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