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More than a hundred foster children treated to giant party at Fountains at Farah
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas - There are hundreds of children in El Paso who are in foster care.
Sunday, the Fountains at Farah wanted to make the holidays a bit more special for them.
"My one wish is to have somebody to care and love for me, even though I'm me. Like someone, a forever family, a forever home," said one young girl in El Paso's foster care system.
In El Paso, there's currently more than 340 children in foster care.
So today, the Fountains at Farah decided to do something special for the children awaiting a forever home and the families who take care of them.
"We wanted to kind of give them the holiday spirit, since many of them don't have the parents to give them the gifts and set up the entire Christmas day for them so we thought that we would put together a party for them," said Bianca Cervantes, spokesperson for the Fountains at Farah.
The Fountains partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to put on the event called "Fountains Family Tree -- Adopting New Roots".
Children could ice skate, enjoy a meal and open gifts.
"We actually are thinking of doing something regularly throughout the year just to instill some type of stability," Cervantes said.
Cristian Monarrez and Brandon Strawn have been fostering since October.
"We've been a couple for 10 years and we thought it was time to have children and we looked at the different options and we talked about it and thought fostering would be the best thing," Monarrez said.
They're part of the "foster to adopt" program and hope to have their own children around this time next year.
"A child leaves a mark on your heart and just getting to know and getting to know the kids in the program, it's been challenging but very rewarding," Monarrez said.
"You think you're gonna do something really good for these kids, but then you realize that they do more than you could have ever imagined," Strawn said.