Van Horn Bank personnel pictured with local Giving Tree are l to r: Juana Grado, Jessica Bermudez and Bank President Jerry Denman.
Photo by Adrian Hinojos
By Adrian Hinojos,
Judge Administrative Assistant
The Giving Tree Program was started back in 1996 when each County was asked to create a Child Welfare Board, the boards were created to help local children that were in the Child Protective Services system whether it be for school supplies, school clothing or any other need that Child Protective Services saw fit. One of those needs was to help make Christmas a reality for the less fortunate and so the Giving Tree Program was created. Culberson County took over the Child Welfare Board in 2014, and puts the tree up every year at our local bank.
This year the local Child Protective Services Supervisor, Azucena Carrasco has named 18 local children that are in the Child Protective Services system, each child is given two tags for the tree the first being a tag that shows which clothing item they are needing for the winter and a second tag which shows a toy that they would like. 36 tags were placed on the tree this year, all tags are anonymous and only contain a tag number that is referenced to local children within the system.
If you decide to sponsor a child, please show the teller your tag so that they can write down the tag number along with your name to keep track of all the tags. All presents bought need to be wrapped and dropped off at the County Judges office with the tag no later than December 12. The Child Welfare Program is funded through donations and fundraisers. If you have any questions, please call the Judges office at (432) 283-2059.