Rockwall County camp prepares for the arrival of border children

- At least 200 illegal immigrant children will soon arrive at a camp in Rockwall County.

The first will arrive at Sabine Creek Ranch over the weekend.

About 500 children are already at another camp near Waxahachie, south of Dallas.

Both camps will be open for three weeks as authorities try to find longer term housing for them.

Donations are being asked for help making the children's holidays brighter. Life Church in Midlothian is collecting donations.

Lakeview Camp says the children need art supplies such as Post-it notes, yarn, construction paper, child scissors and washable markers.

Amy Low is one of many who was moved enough to drive a half hour away to Life Church to help with donations.

“I can't imagine what a parent must have gone through to send these children so far,” she said. “They must have been desperate for a new life for these kids."

Pastor Jason Exley and his wife, Renee, asked Lakeview Camp how they could help.

They came up with a list of needs and asked Life Church to collect and deliver the donations for security reasons.

Renee Exley hopes the small items can help the children away from their families feel loved.

The camp is hoping to put up a 12-foot Christmas tree filled with small portable gifts for the kids.

“The boys all love ball caps,” said Renee. “That's what they want, so that's what we're trying to give them…the girls love jewelry and hair accessories.”

They still need the tree and the baseball caps for the boys to put under it.

“We want to give them a Christmas they're still talking about 20 years from now,” said Jason. “They'll probably forget the present that they got, but we hope they never forget the love that a group of Texans that love Jesus and love people simply showed them; the love of Christ. That's what Christmas is all about."

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