Truly Thankful

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Walk into Angelina Brown's home and you'll find six good reasons why she considers herself truly thankful. Her grandchildren bring joy. After raising five children of her own, Brown started over. She's among a growing number of grandparents raising grandchildren. She has custody of four of the six. Five children live with her. The baby Kaylee stays with grandma while mom is at work.

Brown has no regrets. "When I got these kids, seemed like it was a blessing to me cause I was never alone." They're her responsibility, but she teaches the children their roots. Sisters reach for a photograph pointing out their mother and father, a couple they see rarely.

Each child has their own set of qualities. The oldest, Glen is soft spoken. The observer in the bunch. Thirteen year old LaDedrick is autistic with cerebral palsy. His smile captures your heart. Ten year old Kuyaira likes the family time when, "We eat popcorn and on Friday's stay up late. " Nine year old Tayann is painfully shy, but show patience and her laugh will overwhelm you. Eight year old Maranda is full of love. Brown receives a big hug from her which prompts her to say, " I love you. You are a sweet girl." Then there's three year old Kay'Lee. She's the baby and quite the show off.

Thanksgiving is certainly full of thanks and a "House full of kids and full of food and full of joy and Christmas time is even more joy, " laughs Brown. And for six good reasons, Angelina Brown and those around her are truly thankful.

The Children With Special Health Care Needs Program in Nacogdoches told us about Angelina Brown.

The Nacogdoches County staff for Texas Department of State Health Services in partnership with Nacogdoches community agencies and businesses, 2614 NW Stallings Dr., is making preparations for it's annual Christmas party. It will be held to benefit Nacogdoches County children who are enrolled in the Children With Special Health Care Needs Program. The program provides case management services for children with special health care needs who may need assistance in securing medical treatment, transportation, and in finding local resources to assist with caring for the child's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

The party for these children is planned from 6-8pm on Friday December 5th. The event will include food, a picture with Santa, and a Christmas gift for each child. The event also provides them with support, knowledge and companionship.

To make donations please contact 936-569-4984, 936-569-4982- or 936-569-4918.

Please make all checks payable to Department of State Health Services P.O.Box 630767 Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

We thank you for your help.