CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - It's not a good list to be on. In fact, it's a very sad list that no one should ever be on.
Still, there is a list representing the children in the Coastal Bend who have suffered the loss of a loved one this year due to homicide -- and the numbers have been steadily growing.
"When I started this program 40 years ago, I think I started out with maybe 40 children," said Donna Watkins of the Homicide Survivors Support Group. "This year I'm at 100."
Watkins, herself a homicide survivor, said she started her "Gifts from Heaven" campaign after seeing firsthand the devastating effects of homicide on the littlest survivors.
"Some of them, they don't know how to express their feelings," Watkins said. "They don't know what and why someone killed their daddy, or why someone killed their mother or their brother or their sister. Grandpas. I've had grandfathers murdered this year, `and it's hard for these children."
For the last four years, Watkins and her small group of volunteers have done what they can to raise awareness and donations to help the children in need cope with their loss on the holidays.
"Some of these children wouldn't have Christmas if it wasn't for Gifts from Heaven," Watkins said.
So once again, Watkins is reaching out to those who have been blessed and can spare a little to help.
"They deserve to be able to have Christmas morning," Watkins said. "They deserve to have a nice Christmas dinner."
The Homicide Survivors Support Group has set up several drop off locations throughout Corpus Christi where you can drop off toy donations. Those locations are:
6418 S. Staples
Regency Square Apartments
3333 S. Alameda
4718 Everhart Rd
4814 Everhart Rd.
You can also make a monetary donation at a GoFundMe page for Gifts from Heaven.
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