Football legend helps fill foster children’s wish lists

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Just in time for the holiday season, volunteers and advocacy groups shopped for foster children to bring them Christmas gifts.

One of the shoppers on Wednesday was Oklahoma legend Barry Switzer. The former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys football coach joined the Oklahoma Institute For Child Advocacy group buying gifts for the kids.

Shoppers spent the morning at the Walmart on Northwest Expressway fulfilling wish lists from Oklahoma Foster Wishes.

“I’m out here for OK Foster Wishes. Great program. We’re out here to get 6,000 gifts for foster kids,” Switzer said.

This year, the advocacy group is helping run Oklahoma Foster Wishes. CEO Joe Dorman explains the program coordinates with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and receives wish lists from foster kids across the state.

Of the 6,000 lists, they had filled all but about 100 lists which is what they were shopping for Wednesday.

“This will take care of all the list that have been submitted at this point, but there will still be kids that will come into foster kid between now and Christmas Day so we will continue to shop and fill those lists for every single kid,” Dorman said.

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