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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — Children who are removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect will have a brighter Christmas and new year thanks to the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce ambassadors.

The volunteer group of business people in the community held a five-day drive to stock the Coryell County Rainbow Room, which houses clothing, diapers, toys and other items to support children when they are removed from a home by Child Protective Services.

“When you pick up a scared child, he is going to a strange place with nothing he is familiar with,” said Gloria Schmitz, chairman of the Coryell County Rainbow Room board of directors. The Rainbow Room operates under an agreement with Texas, which provides the room, and the community furnishes it.

Chamber ambassadors hauled in boxes, large bags and laundry baskets full of donations collected from the community last week. The donated items and monetary contributions totaling more than $600 were given to the Rainbow Room on Wednesday.

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