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Gifts sought for Oklahoma children in foster care

OK Foster Wishes, a faith-based nonprofit, wants help fulfilling the Christmas gift lists of children in Oklahoma's foster care system.
by Carla Hinton Modified: December 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm •  Published: December 10, 2013
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A faith-based nonprofit is desperately seeking help fulfilling the Christmas gift lists of children in the state's foster care system.

Lisa Feist, executive director of OK Foster Wishes, said the wish lists of 1,175 children are still waiting to be selected by community members.

She said the children who have provided their Christmas wish lists are those who have been removed from their homes for various reasons and placed in the state Department of Human Services foster care program.

Feist said these children are going through a stressful and emotional period and the Christmas wish list program seeks to surround them with the benevolent, hopeful spirit of the holiday season.

“Here, kids are having the most difficult Christmas of their life — an uncertain Christmas — and on top of all that, they think Santa forgot about them,” Feist said.

She said wish lists are available on the OK Foster Wishes website. Each wish list includes a child's first name and his age, clothing size and two toys he or she would like.

Feist said the nonprofit's goal is to get the wish lists claimed and the gift items dropped off at various metro-area locations, including Buy 4 Less stores and Oklahoma Employee Credit Union branches, by Sunday.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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