HOUSTON, Texas (October 20, 2020) – 89.3 KSBJ is honored to have been named Community Partner of the Year by the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS). Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) nominated KSBJ as a result of a multi-year partnership serving the needs of foster children and children involved with Texas Child Protective Services.
Due to this partnership, BEAR (BE A Resource for CPS kids) served a record-breaking number of children during the past holiday season. 11,484 children under the care of Child Protective Services received gifts and toys. Each year, BEAR, a program of HCPS, provides brand-new gifts to thousands of children through donations and in-kind gifts.
This past Christmas, however, marked an unprecedented year of support for BEAR, according to TACFS. Faithful KSBJ listeners sponsored 7,200 children and also donated nearly $25,000 so BEAR could purchase items on children’s wish lists. Christian Music broadcasters around the country, Capitol Christian Music Group, artist Danny Gokey, and KSBJ also donated toys purchased from Amazon.
Several years ago, KSBJ began collaborating with HCPS, DFPS, and the foster care community to raise awareness of children in the foster care system with an initiative called “Fostering Hope.” The call to action for the community was: “While we are not all called to foster or adopt, we are all called to do something.”