DHS, organization seeking donations for last-minute gifts for Oklahoma foster children
OKLAHOMA CITY – Just one week before Christmas, organizers say some last-minute presents are needed to make sure children in foster care do not go without this holiday.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services and OK Foster Wishes say they are a few hundred gifts short for Oklahoma children in foster care.
DHS teamed up with OK Foster Wishes to provide thousands of children in foster care with Christmas gifts.
A wish list was made for each child with a specific gift they wanted to receive on Christmas.
Those lists were then distributed to residents and organizations across the state.
While most of the wish lists have been returned, there are a few hundred that have not made their way back yet, leaving the organization and DHS scrambling to pull together donations for those children.
“OK Foster Wishes has done an amazing job this year distributing Christmas wish lists and collecting gifts for the children we serve,” said Sheree Powell, director of communications for DHS. “And we appreciate all the generous Oklahomans who have already stepped up and filled a child’s wish list. Unfortunately, not all the wish lists have been filled and returned, leaving many children around the state for whom we will need to buy gifts.”
Those wanting to help can donate online at the OK Foster Wishes website.