By Darla Shelden
Each year thousands of foster families struggle to make ends meet. Many of them can barely afford to pay their utilities and to put food on the table, let alone buy Christmas gifts for their children.
To change that, Citizens Caring for Children teamed up with KFOR-TV and In Your Corner along with Fit-4-U Personal Training, Go To Girl Inc., and Target in a campaign called Joy 4 Kids.
The Joy 4 Kids campaign is raising money and collecting toys for foster kids in Oklahoma to help ensure they’ll have a Christmas to remember.
Scott Hines, of KFOR’s In Your Corner said, “Our goal is to provide Christmas presents to 300 foster children, which equates to a fundraising goal of $22,500. I know it’s a tall feat, but we’ve got to do this. I read something online a while back…’It is in giving that we truly learn to live.’ Without these donations, hundreds of Oklahoma foster kids won’t have presents to open on Christmas morning and we can’t let that happen.”
The Joy 4 Kids campaign has asked Oklahomans to adopt a foster child’s Christmas Wish List or to make a cash donation. A $75 donation will buy a child three gifts. . Wish lists are available by contacting Michelle Landes at 405-753-4099.
The “Joy 4 Kids” campaign works in conjunction with the Citizens Caring for Children’s Santa Stop campaign. Until Dec. 16, items can be donated at Target, located at 5401 N. May or by adopting a wish list and shopping for the gifts yourself. Donations can also be made online at citizenscaringforchildren.org/j4k.
Citizens Caring for Children (CCC) was founded in 1984 by the late George Harper and his wife Rose along with the help of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. After welcoming more than 20 children into their home, the Harper’s realized the children living in foster care had needs that were not being met by the state. In addition to love and support, these children need the basic necessities, including clothing and shoes, as many of them leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Now in its 25th year, Citizens Caring For Children is a local not-for-profit that provides services for more than 3,500 Oklahoma foster children each year. The organization aims to break the cycle of abuse and neglect for Oklahoma foster children by addressing their material, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs.
Last year the organization’s Santa Stop program provided more than 600 children in foster care with presents. CCC receives wish lists from children in central Oklahoma group homes, CCC’s mentor program, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and additional wish lists directly from Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
CCC relies solely on community support to fulfill wish lists and welcomes support from individuals, organizations, companies or church groups to help by adopting a wish list or holding a toy drive.
For more information visit www.citizenscaringforchildren.org.
KFOR TV and “In Your Corner” partners with Citizens Caring for Children to give Oklahoma foster kids a better Christmas
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