Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 23, 2013

Angel Tree set at Brookshire’s

Chad Wilson
The Athens Review

Athens — Dedicated to providing safety, shelter and education to victims of family violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes, the East Texas Crisis Center aids in the restoration of dignity and purpose in the lives of the victims.

With the holiday season in full swing, Brookshire’s Grocery Company in Athens has teamed up with the crisis center to offer a little Christmas joy to children whose mothers have escaped abuse.

“This is the fourth year Brookshire’s has provided the Angel Tree so that employees and customers can help bring joy to the lives of children in our community,” East Texas Crisis Center Director of Outreach Donna Johnson said.

The tree was set up Thursday just inside the main entrance at Brookshire’s. There are 21 angels on the tree.

Brookshire’s events coordinator Annette Brown was joined by Johnson and members of the crisis center board Thursday in decorating the tree. Board members in attendance were Terri McCord, Gwen Cox, Betty Herriage, Kathy Means, Candy Jones, Kim Hodges, Paula Odom and Deanna Browning.

Brown helped start the program at Brookshire’s and is excited about its continued success helping children from the center.

“I noticed a need not being met and wanted to do something about it,” Brown said. “I am glad Brookshire’s has adopted the program.”

Brookshire’s has several items in the store that can be purchased for the “wish lists” on the tree.

Angels can be picked up anytime from the Brookshire’s tree and all items, along with the wish list, need to be returned to the store by Dec. 14.

For more information on the Brookshire’s Angel Tree program, visit the store and ask to speak with Annette Brown.

The East Texas Crisis Center serves Henderson, Smith, Van Zandt, Wood and Rains county. It offers assistance via support groups, legal advocacy, protective orders, divorce, custody issues, citizenship requests and 24-hour on-call services.

The center also helps victims to reach a level of sustainability through financial budgeting, helps victims set a plan for safety and forward progress.

Through a variety of programs offered, the center is focused on empowering clients to make their own choices, gain respect and dignity, work for a change and develop healthy relationships.

The East Texas Crisis Center in Henderson County is supported by an advisory committee and group of volunteers who are dedicated to the mission of the agency in providing solutions to victims served in the county.

Volunteers are the backbone of the center, and there are several volunteer opportunities available for anyone, male or female, that want to help restore lives following crisis situations, or anyone looking for other volunteer opportunities.

For more information on volunteering, or supporting Henderson County Outreach Center, call 903-675-2137. To report a case of domestic violence, at any time, call the 24-hour hotline at 800-333-0358.