Silence rare in Greggs household ... and that is exactly how they want it

Tucson family has opened its home to more than 30 children in the last 13 years

Local family goes above and beyond

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In the Greggs household, silence is rare. The family of 10 crowds around the kitchen counter to make cake balls.

“You would think there would be two children that are similar but there are not,” said Marnie Greggs, mother of eight. “They are all extraordinarily unique.”

Each one is their own ball of fun.

“We fall in love with these children and care for them like they’re our own children,” Marnie said.

Their heart holds room for much more.

For 13 years, Marnie and her husband Jason have been adding leaves to their family tree. They have fostered 33 children.

“A piece of us always goes with them,” explained Jason.

After traveling for much of their careers, Marnie wanted to give back. For her, fostering children is deeply personal.

“I was adopted as a child,” Marnie said. “I really wanted to give another child that really unique adoption experience.”

The Greggs made six of those 33 foster kids permanent members of their family.

They most recently adopted a group of four siblings.

Now they’re being recognized by foster agencies for their efforts.

“We’re just doing what we love to do and helping children,” Marnie said. “It’s really spectacular for someone to notice.”

Having eight kids keeps them busy.

“They all fit a puzzle piece and they fit together,” Jason said.

Together they click and lend a helping hand - especially in a kitchen full of chatter.

The Greggs are among more than a dozen foster families being recognized for their hard work this weekend at the annual Tucson Blue Ribbon Event.

Each foster agency nominated a family it felt goes above and beyond.

They’re being honored at an event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Thoroughbred Nissan on East 22nd Street.

It’s free for the community.

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