Someone to Know: Foster grandparents Viola and Aurora

Both have spent the past 25 years with the Foster Grandparent Program offering Coastal Bend children comfort, support, and mentorship.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Viola Bazan and Aurora Salinas enjoy visiting with disadvantaged Corpus Christi Independent School District students and giving them motivation and guidance.

Both have spent the past 25 years with the Foster Grandparent Program offering Coastal Bend children comfort, support, and mentorship.

"In the past year, the Corpus Christi site alone has touched the lives of over 600 children," Program Manager Diana Casey said.

Casey said Corpus Christi is currently the group's largest site in the state of Texas and there is currently a waiting list to become a volunteer for the program.

"It was designed not only provide an avenue or an outlet for senior citizens to be active and contribute to society, but it was also done to help the children in our community," Casey said.

Dedication from volunteers is essential in tackling the disadvantages children face such as poverty, abuse and neglect, learning disabilities and special needs.

"I enjoy doing it, and hope to stay longer," Salinas said. 

At 88-years-old, the two volunteers are not the oldest grandparents in the program. Volunteers range in age from 55-97 years old.

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