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The Independence Fire/EMS Department, under the leadership of Fire Chief Shawn Wallis, demonstrated their commitment to their community in a remarkable way as they recently donated hundreds of gifts and $700 in Walmart gift cards to children in foster care in Montgomery County.

This act of kindness will bring happiness to the lives of the children served by TFI Family Services (TFI), many of whom face day-to-day hardships that few could imagine, especially during the holidays.

“Acts of kindness like these mean so much more than some may realize,” said Shaileen Owens, Vice President of Permanency. “All children deserve to feel the joy of the holiday season, and we are so thankful to the Independence Fire and EMS department for helping make that happen for the kids in their community.”

To learn more about how you can give back to local children in need in your community, visit or call us at 877-942-2239.

In Fiscal Year 2023, TFI served more than 6,227 children in prevention, foster care, adoption, and residential services. TFI is actively recruiting foster families to provide a loving, caring home to children in foster care. Foster parents are essential and vital partners who help TFI deliver quality services and support for children and families. To learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a foster parent, please call 1-833-7FOSTER.

TFI is a leading child welfare agency providing experience, compassion, quality services and care. We provide various types of services in the community and have more than 50 years of experience in providing child welfare services including foster care services, group home care, case management, independent living, psychiatric residential treatment center, behavioral health, adoption services, visitation services, and aftercare services. TFI has more than 1,000 employees providing quality services in five states.