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OICA and DHS Launch OK Foster Wishes 2018 Featured

Written by  Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:03
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Press release

 

Annual Gift Drive Provides Presents to Thousands of Children in Foster Care

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and other sponsoring organizations to launch OK Foster Wishes: an annual gift drive providing thousands of children in foster care with holiday presents. OICA is asking Oklahomans to go to okfosterwishes.org, where they can support the drive in one of two ways:


1. Purchase a gift: Individuals or businesses who wish to purchase gifts can sign up to receive a wish-list from a foster child at okfosterwishes.org (DHS child welfare workers are currently working with foster parents and children to compile personalized wish lists). Gifts can then be delivered at select drop-off points, listed at okfosterwishes.org.

 

2. Make a monetary contribution: Individuals interested in making a monetary contribution can donate online at okfosterwishes.org. A suggested donation of $75 will be used to purchase a gift on a personalized wish list as well as support transportation and delivery services. Approximately 7 percent of wish lists go unfilled; monetary donations ensure that every child receives a present.

 

OICA CEO Joe Dorman said the holidays can be a difficult time for foster children and OK Foster Wishes helps to make it a more joyous one.

 

“For some children in foster care, the holiday season can be a reminder of the permanent home and family that they don’t have,” said Dorman. “Receiving gifts from other Oklahomans reminds them that they are loved and they are not forgotten. Supporting OK Foster Wishes is a great way to bring more joy into a young person’s life.”

 

Dorman said that OK Foster Wishes is a cause that churches, businesses and civic groups can support together.

 

"Last year we had entire organizations whose members each volunteered to purchase presents for a different child," said Dorman. "This is a great annual reminder of how generous Oklahomans are and how seriously we take our responsibility to support children."

 

About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

 

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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