Local police departments team up with Sunbeam to provide holiday support to grandparents

Posted on: 6:03 pm, December 14, 2013, by , updated on: 06:27pm, December 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY –  The Midwest City Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, TRIAD volunteers, Sunbeam Family Services’ Caregiver Fundamentals Program and other community partners, provided holiday support to grandparents who are faced with the difficult challenge of raising their grandchildren.

Saturday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City and the Midwest City police departments teamed up with the sheriff’s department as well as Sunbeam family services and several volunteer’s to bring Christmas joy to grandchildren and grandparents in the metro.

Oklahoma ranks in the top 5 states in the nation for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Beverly has 21 grandchildren total and says that every little thing helps during the holidays.

“It’s a relief cause we don’t have to struggle to find things for them. We don’t have to struggle to make sure they’re happy when it’s Christmas morning.”

Sunbeam and local law enforcement know that.

They began with only 50 children and now they are up to a little over 650. Sunbeam says the struggle isn’t just a product of the holidays.

“We know at sunbeam that grand families need help all year around not just during the holidays so we offer –free counseling support groups, school supplies, and of course holiday assistance with our wonderful friends. “