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Arts supplies are on Phoenix Center’s Christmas wish list

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — Sometimes, a child just needs additional help. And sometimes, a parent does. In certain situations, that’s where the Phoenix Center can take a role.

The nonprofit provides high-quality, affordable mental health care for children and families in rural Central Texas. Many of the Phoenix Center’s clients don’t have or can’t afford insurance, so the facility is one of their only options.

The Phoenix Center focuses on the needs of children and teens ages 3-18 who have a mental health issue, including those related to trauma or abuse.

But to keep things going, Phoenix Center officials could use a little help as well. This comes in the form of a few Christmas wish list items.

The list includes:

  • blank drawing sketchbooks and journals for children and teens who are receiving counseling services at the Phoenix Center
  • art papers of assorted sizes
  • clay (preferably the Crayola brand, which is self-drying)
  • art canvases and canvas boards
  • Crayola markers, colored pencils and watercolor paints
  • oil pastels
  • Folkmanis puppets (dog, horse or assorted puppets) for play therapy with young children (available at www.amazon.com)
  • Horse puppet (Folkmanis and available at www.amazon.com)
  • pottery wheel(s) for after-school programs (can be used or new)
  • Walmart or Michael’s gift cards to purchase Camp Phoenix and after-school materials
  • volunteers to cook one family-style meal for spring/summer parenting classes or camp sessions

The Phoenix Center also is seeking Walmart gift cards to purchase Christmas gifts for a child in need who is currently served by the center. Phoenix Center officials also need help providing Christmas for a family who can’t afford one.

Go to www.phoenixcentertexas.org or call Sarah Garrett at (830-613-7320 or email her at sarah@phoenixcetertexas.org for more information or to make a donation.

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