A group of at-risk kids who can't spend Christmas at home will still have a proper celebration this year.
The Family and Children's Center is busy preparing a holiday party for more than a dozen kids who live in its residential treatment program.
The program houses kids and teens with behavioral and emotional challenges who have been removed from their homes.
The kids live at the treatment center 24-hours a day which means they can miss out on many of the normal activities shared in a home.
The celebration will include Christmas traditions like gift opening and a Christmas dinner. "As many moments as we can give them where they're not reminded that they're in a treatment center and they're not here because of behaviors or family issues, we give them that and so yeah, we're going to make Christmas fun," said Angela Smith with the Family & Children's Center.
All of the gifts the kids will open on Christmas were donated from the community.