NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Last night, we told you about two little Nacogdoches girls who were placed in foster care after their father allegedly left them home alone.
It's just one example of how in a moment's notice, a foster family must be prepared to accept and care for a child in need.
A major event will be held Saturday to raise money for the East Texas Foster Family Association.
Anzlee and Paxton are happy siblings. They are proof positive former foster children do find good families. Their adoptive mom Britni Burgin can think of lots still waiting.
"I can think of ten right now that just need a home and need someone to love them," Burgin said.
Julia Martin Jones, president of the East Texas Foster Family Association is all too familiar with the number of foster children in East Texas.
"The East Texas Foster Family Association covers Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, and Nacogdoches. Those counties have even more children," said Julia Jones, the president of the East Texas Foster Association. "Nacogdoches has about 110 at the moment, but the other counties add up to over 200."
Anzlee and Paxton's foster care was prearranged. Most other children are thrown into the system through no fault of their own.
"Phone calls may come at 10 o'clock at night," Jones said. "They may come at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. And it's almost always an emergency."
"Kids come with nothing but the clothes on their back," Burgin said.
There's no time to shop, so Jones has literally turned over her home as a place to store clothes, shoes and toys of every age group and size.
Funds are always needed. A friend came up with a fundraiser idea.
"Catfish eating, catfish catching, catfish extravaganza," Jones said.
It's in the Mill Room at Banita Creek Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday night. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the East Texas Foster Family Association.
"Tickets are $20 for all you can eat, plus an evening's worth of fun and dancing," Jones. "And just really a great family time."