Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Gift for the Children.(Reach Out)

Byline: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

* Duke City woman gives back by hosting 20 girls from a Texas home where she used to live

Ruth Thomas Dobbs has done it again. The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman has invited another truckload of kids to stay with her and friends and go to the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta next month.

Last year, it was 10 boys. This year, it's 20 girls. They live at the state-licensed Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene, Texas, a type of foster home.

Dobbs, an alumna of Hendrick Home, said she and her husband, Doyle, and three friends who also lived at Hendrick want to treat the kids to a special weekend to prove "there's life after Hendrick Home. …

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