Local church brings Christmas cheer to foster children

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BRANSON, Mo. — Christmas will be brighter for a group of kids who don’t have a family of their own thanks to the outreach efforts of a local church and their partners.

Kas Long, director for Bloom Beyond church in Branson, says all 280 foster kids in Taney County attended.

The special Christmas party lets the children get a gift, visit Santa, and decorate cookies.

“We exist basically to see a day where there are more families waiting on children than we have children waiting on families,” Long said. “We also offer wrap-around support for all of our families because this is hard, and they can’t do this alone. And so we offer meals, we offer child care, we offer a resource team. We offer all sorts of support for them to kind of rally around them and stand behind them.”

Long says they hope to make this Christmas event annual.

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