OKLAHOMA CITY - Our 2018 Joy 4 Kids campaign is one for the record books.
Thanks to your donations, Citizens Caring For Children was able to fulfill 1,200 wish lists for Oklahoma foster children.
On Wednesday, presents were loaded up on two large trucks and driven to a warehouse to be sorted and scanned.
Soon they’ll be delivered to DHS officers around our state, so foster parents can pick up the wishes and take them home to wrap and put under the tree.
For the third year in a row, Sofia Carter gets to play Santa's helper.
This time around, she's a new mom.
“It's actually my first Christmas with my own child, so I think whenever I'm watching him open up, I'm getting to watch the other children enjoy that Christmas, to see that smile on the face of my child will remind me of the smiles I know other children across our city are feeling,” Sofia said.
These presents are going to children across our great city and state.
People and businesses have been so generous with their cash donations and time.
OG&E took on 40 wish lists and dispatched more than a dozen of their jolly employees to help lift, roll, and load the gifts.
Chris Allen from OG&E helped coordinate the efforts.
“And know that Santa actually made it in,” he said. “It's always fun for them and we're glad we can participate.”
Who needs a fancy sleigh and reindeer when you've got Randall and Keith from DHS and two big box trucks loaded up for Christmas?
They’re helping bring joy and smiles to foster children of all ages.
Don’t forget some of these kids are about to age out of foster care, and the difficult reality for them is some could end up homeless.
“We have one list from a young man who lives in a shelter, so he's limited on what he can have,” Lynne Roller, Citizens Caring For Children’s Executive Director said. “He wanted gift cards for clothing and food. It's fun to fill all the ones with toys, but also to be able to help older kids who have different needs.”
It’s an important reminder that after the holidays, these needs don't go away.
Organizations like CCC provide them with resources like counseling, school supplies, books, shoes, clothes, and toys.