A Labor of Love

"These children have a lot of needs that we're trying to meet. They have a lot of needs from the school, a lot of needs for extra things, clothing, toys, all kind of things," said Debbie Collins, president of Foster Parent Association.

Anyone who's ever cared for children knows that it's fairly expensive. People who choose the challenge of being foster parents find some help from the state in the form of clothing vouchers for the children, but for the most part it's up to these foster parents to pay.

"We have to get their school supplies, school clothes, all of that kind of stuff. There's some times when it gets pretty tight, you just kinda learn to plan and be organized. That's what the Foster Parent Association is here, it's for people that don't have anything to begin with, and we can help them to get started," said Collins.

Help them get started, and help them keep going. The Foster Parent Association has fundraisers throughout the year to help foster families ease the financial strain, such a responsibility can create.

A barbecue sale in front of the Lufkin Wal-Mart was held today to help raise money for the association. Each sandwich, each cookie, helped another foster child with school supplies, or even an occasional birthday party. It also helps the foster parents continue their work, a job that's a labor of love.

I love it, I've been doing this for 11 years and I love it. It's a good feeling. It's challenging at times, but it is a very good feeling to do this," said Collins.