MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. — The holiday season can be tough for many families during this season, especially those families in the foster care system. To help ease some of the burden, FACES of Morgan Co is hosting its annual Silent Auction to raise money to help fulfill Christmas wishes for children in the system. President Julie Murphy says this year's response has been overwhelming.
"We have over 200 items this year," Murphy stated. "Lots of beautiful Christmas decorations. We even have homemade things like homemade peanut brittle, homemade cheese straws and pralines. So, we're really excited about it."
FACES was established in 1951 to meet emergency medical and health needs of abused and neglected children of Morgan County.
Just as the problems of poverty, mental illness, mental retardation, teenage pregnancy, drug/alcohol addiction, and domestic violence have increased, so has the number of children requiring out of home care for their safety and protection and this time of year, Murphy and her staff goes above and beyond to give them a feeling of normalcy.
These children don't ask to be in foster care," Murphy stated. "So, if we can do anything to make that easier on them, we try to do that. I'm working right now to get all of our children in care spot supervised that will take their wish list and by the toys or electronics as well as clothes and shoes for their Christmas and we have some really good sponsors throughout the area."