EL PASO, Texas — Each day the Child Crisis Center of El Paso is filled nearly to capacity.
There's no federal or local funding for the shelter. It stays open through the help of donors.
Thursday the Child Crisis Center honored 3 people who have donated much money to helping children when they need it most.
"We are full most of the time," said Child Crisis Center event coordinator, Nancy Langdon. "There are lots of children that need care. There is no other funding out there for emergency shelter".
That's why they need dedicated donors, like Raul Esqueda.
He's donated thousands of dollars to the emergency shelter.
As a boy, Raul's family would donate to orphanages and he would make the deliveries.
"It was just a gratifying feeling to see the smiles on the faces of the children when you arrive with milk and meats and produce and stuff like that," Esqueda said.
Esqueda, Aurora and Louie Lara were honored Thursday night for their donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars over nearly two decades.
"We all do have a responsibility for these children. they cannot speak for themselves, said Aurora Lara.
April is Child Abuse Prevention month.