LAS VEGAS - Herbert Collins and his wife Sybil believe angels are watching over them. Many who meet the couple say Herbert and Sybil are the real angels.
For 30 years, the couple has fostered children in southern Nevada. Hundreds of kids have walked through their doors. All of them are welcomed with open arms.
"Every time I come into this home, it's like a big smile," said the Collins' friend Richard Mills, Jr. "This home is like a smile, and you go over and work with the kids and talk with the kids. These kids, you can tell they're taken care of, that they're loved and that they're just thriving in this home."
Herbert and Sybil have three children of their own. Over the years, they found it hard to give up some of the kids they have fostered, so they adopted four of them.
"We would keep more if we were younger and had a bigger house," Sybil said. "We would probably adopt a lot more."
Herb and Sybil are retired and devote all their time to kids. Many of them have special needs like Isayah who suffers from cerebral palsy and needs constant attention. It was a two-month-old boy named Jordan who changed the couple forever.
"Jordan, we adopted him. How did he end up at my house? Luck of the draw. We both got lucky," Herb said.
Jordan was the first special needs child that Herb and Sybil fostered. He suffers from severe cerebral palsy. Herb and Sybil say they fell in love with him right away. When Jordan was two, he became their fourth adopted child. He's now a teenager and living a full life.
"They are fighters. They get children in the home that are fighters, and it's almost as their energy jumps off onto the kids," Mills said. "They don't give up, and a family that doesn't give up is just amazing."
8 News NOW is rewarding Herb and Sybil Collins' efforts – giving the couple $800 as part of its weekly series Acts of Kindness.
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