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What are you most thankful for? Adopted foster kids respond with touching words and pictures

What are you most thankful for? DePelchin kids respond with pictures

Twins Jo Jo, left, and Rebecca Kelly, both finalists in 7-10 age category
Twins Jo Jo Kelly, left, and Rebecca Kelly, both finalists in the ages 7-10 category. Photo courtesy of DePelchin Children’s Center
Harry and Ann Marie Gallagher, Wesley finalist in 15-18 category and siblings Angelina, Samantha and Jose
Wesley Gallagher, from left, finalist in the ages 15-18 category; Angelina Gallagher; Ann Marie Gallagher; Samantha Gallagher; Harry Gallagher and Jose Gallagher. Photo courtesy of DePelchin Children’s Center
J. Downey Bridgewater, from left, grand prize winner in age 6 and younger category Maya, Jennfer Jarriel and Maya's mother, Cathy November 2013
J. Downey Bridgewater, from left; Maya, grand prize winner in ages 6 and younger category; Jennfer Jarriel; and Maya's mother, Cathy. Photo courtesy of DePelchin Children’s Center
Twins Jo Jo, left, and Rebecca Kelly, both finalists in 7-10 age category
Harry and Ann Marie Gallagher, Wesley finalist in 15-18 category and siblings Angelina, Samantha and Jose
J. Downey Bridgewater, from left, grand prize winner in age 6 and younger category Maya, Jennfer Jarriel and Maya's mother, Cathy November 2013

When a young boy was asked to draw what he was most thankful for this year, he sketched a two-story home, a sunny sky, rain clouds and his large adoptive family.

When he was asked to compose an essay about what he was most thankful for, he had this to say:

A nice cozy house. Something to wear everyday. Money so we can buy food and water. A bed so we can sleep. I am thankful for a family that takes care of me while my parents cannot.

Kids tell it like it is.

Chase, age 9, who's a resident of Spring, was one of four winners selected as part of a Thanksgiving Art Contest organized by Comerica Bank and DePelchin Children's Center. Four winners received $1,000 and eight finalists received $500 in protected savings bank accounts for their drawings and essays that described their thoughts and feelings ahead of the year-end holidays.

After votes were tallied on Comerica's Facebook page, the winners were announced at Comerica's Annual Thanksgiving Reception, which also recognizes the financial institution's nonprofit partners. Comerica also presented DePelchin with a $2,000 donation to support the organization's mental health, foster care and adoption initiatives.

Got a great photo of a Houston happening or everyday occurrence? Send it to barbara@culturemap.com, along with details (who, what, where and why it's special). It might make our Pix of the Day.

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