Joy 4 Kids: All of the Christmas wishlists filled

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UPDATE 12/14/16 - Wednesday, we had extra hands on deck at our Joy 4 Kids drop-off site at Northpark Mall, helping the 'In Your Corner' team put a bow on another successful Joy 4 Kids campaign.

We filled 1,000 wishlists, ensuring the kids have presents under the Christmas tree.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Citizens Caring For Children, so many community partners and our viewers help us pull off this project each year.

Volunteers from OG&E helped with the heavy lifting.

All of the wishes were loaded onto trucks and driven to a donated warehouse space to be scanned and sorted and eventually delivered to DHS offices across the state, so families can pick up the wishes and take them home.

Karen Jacobs from DHS is the glue that holds the whole project together.

“My heart is just warm, because I know all of these children are going to be able to have a great Christmas,” she said.

She remembers her first Christmas Eve delivery to a family in need way back when.

“They opened the door, and there was a 2- or 3-year-old boy that stood there and they had a Christmas tree in the back that had nothing under it,” Karen said. “When the mother saw the food, she started crying and the little boy said ‘I told you there was a Santa’ and, from then on, it's been my motivation to make sure every kid has a happy Christmas.”

The spirit of Christmas is what makes this time of year so magical.     

Thank you for helping bring joy to kids dealt a bad hand in life.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Cathy Moran's joy are the three foster children living under her roof.

Each one has been super busy coming up with their wishlist for Santa.

“Oh, my little girl, my little niece, everything that comes on the TV: ‘I want, I want, I want,’” Cathy said. “Of course, [the boys want] silly Nerf guns and video games, and the oldest boy is 9 and he is a major reader.”

Cathy doesn't have the extra holiday cash to fill the wishlists on her own.

With your help, our Joy 4 Kids program can ensure her foster kids don't feel forgotten this holiday season.

“With these kids, they wake up and they run,” Cathy said. “You remember your Christmas morning tearing the packages? When they saw the tree last year, they were like ‘Really? This is all for us?’”

You can still put a big smile on a foster child's face this Christmas.

You can pick up a wishlist and shop for yourself or let us do the shopping for you.

Wishlists  are available by contacting Julie Keller with Citizens Caring For Children at 405-753-4099 or jkeller@cccokc.org.

The recommended amount to spend on each list is approximately $75.

Deliver your unwrapped gifts to CCC’s drop-off location, Northpark Mall at 122nd and May (north entrance by Rococo) on one of the following drop off dates:

  • Thursday, December 8th 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9th 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10th 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

PIEDMONT, Okla. - It’s hard to believe we’re already kicking off our annual Joy 4 Kids campaign.

Each year, we partner with nonprofit 'Citizens Caring For Children' to fill Christmas wishlists for Oklahoma children in foster care.

We’re collecting gifts and cash to help take some of the burden off foster families.

Seven years ago, Derek and Belen Schering became house parents and moved their family into the White Fields Boys Home.

Right now, they have four foster boys living with them, ranging in ages 11 to 15.

“[It’s about] being patient, understanding their stories, knowing someone is cursing at me, but they're not cursing at me. They're cursing at their father or someone who mistreated them in the past,” Derek said.

They are abused and neglected boys with nowhere else to go.

CCC’s Director of Development Julie Keller said many of the kids wonder how Santa Clause is going to find them.

“How impactful it is for these kids to get something on their list, and these kids have gone years and years and they haven't gotten what's on their list,” she said. “I think that's pretty amazing.”

Christmas can be painful and confusing for children in foster care.

You can help ensure they wake up Christmas morning with presents under the tree.

“Then, they get the one that they asked for and, then, they're like ‘Oh, man.’ They turn to me, ‘Mr. Derek, look, it came,’” Derek said.

Topping this year's wishlist is clothes, shoes, books and really cool gadgets.

This year ,we're adopting out wishlists for a thousand children. 

You can pick up a wishlist and shop for yourself or let us do the shopping for you.

Wishlists are available by contacting Julie Keller with Citizens Caring For Children at 405-753-4099 or jkeller@cccokc.org.

The recommended amount to spend on each list is approximately $75.

Deliver your unwrapped gifts to CCC’s drop-off location, Northpark Mall at 122nd and May (north entrance by Rococo) on one of the following drop off dates:

  • Thursday, December 8th 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9th 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10th 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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