Christmas will be a bit brighter for children who have been removed from their biological families and placed in foster homes thanks to an annual program arranged by A World for Children.

The non-profit organization that recruits loving and nurturing foster homes for children plans a Christmas party every year so the children may experience the joys of decorating a Christmas tree, going to a party and receiving gifts from Santa.

“We sponsor about 200 kids out of our office,” Carey Hartin, foster home developer for the AWFC Brownwood office, said.

To have a sufficient amount of gifts to give to the children, the community must take part in donating either gifts or money.

“We find sponsors through our Angel Tree to donate $25 or get a wish list from a child to purchase the gifts,” Hartin said.

After the AWFC receives the unwrapped presents, representatives wrap the gifts and Santa gives them to the children at their annual Christmas party. This year, the Christmas party has the theme “The Polar Express” and will be held on Friday, Dec. 4.

Along with the donations of money and gifts, the AWFC also works to raise money to purchase $25 giftcards to Wal-Mart for the children to get whatever they may want.

“Those who sponsor a child will receive an ornament with angel wings with the child’s first name on it to hang on their tree at home to remember their sponsored child,” Hartin said.

To sponsor a child or to make a donation for a child to receive Christmas gifts, call (325) 641-1055 or go to the AWFC Brownwood office, 504 Center Ave. before Dec. 4.