Some people are just natural parents. That is certainly true for Brandon and Erica Jones, who have two children. But they're also like a mom and dad to kids who aren't theirs. That's their job as house parents at the Texas Boys Ranch.
Erica Jones said they love them like their own.
"They may not be our biological kids, but when they come in they are our family," she said.
When kids from broken families come to stay at the ranch, they live in these group cottages with house parents like Brandon and Erica. Brandon said they try to provide the thing the children are seeking.
"They just want to see what a family looks like - a normal family," he said.
Because maybe a child has never shot a basketball, or gone for a bike ride, or played on the floor with their dad.
"You show them what loves looks like," he said. Show them what compassion looks like; how a family should love them and nurture them."
Erica Jones said they also provide the kids with structure - from scheduled activities to chores.
"That's a task in itself - teaching them to be consistent with their chores just with the structure we've set up because they're coming from having no structure to having structure.
It's a lot to balance, especially with their own young children needing attention. But for the Joneses, the payoff is worth it.
"That's the biggest reward is getting close to them and being able to share the love they haven't gotten," she said.
Brandon Jones said the hope is every child who comes into their care, leaves changed.
The 45th Annual Texas Boys Ranch Telethon is Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on FOX34, from the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. There will be musical guests and online auctions -- including a football signed by NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes -- hosted by James Eppler, Kristin Carol, and Matt Ernst.