27: Kristi Arrington, Gift Drive Coordinator

Kit McCarty welcomes Krisit Arrington, a Christmas Gift Drive coordinator for foster children at a central Texas Home for Children


I’m the person you can count on. If I say I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it. Whatever it takes, I’m going to get it done.

How do you say, “We’re only going to help these kids, but not those other kids?” We couldn’t. We took them all.

God just puts you in the right place sometimes.

I believe, if they asked for it, we need to get it. These kids are not in a good situation, and these kids need to get everything on their Christmas list.

Think about what goes into toy drive bins. Nothing goes into the bins for 13, 14, 15, 16 year olds. In general, those kids just get overlooked at Christmas.

The first thank you notes I got were sent to me at work. I’m bawling like a baby. I asked the other women in the office to read these so they can cry with me, because I’m not crying alone. That’s not happening.

People need to realize how many of these kids there really are, and they’re right in our backyard. When you pick up your kids from school, and you see them all coming out, I promise you there’s a handful of kids in the foster system. You just don’t know who they are.

I hope that someday they don’t need us. I love to help, but I want them to call and say, “We don’t need your help because we don’t have any kids that need your help.” That’s what I want to happen.


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