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OKC Woman Makes Helping Kids Her Mission

Chris Brannick Published: June 19, 2013
Donna Daniels of Oklahoma City poses for a photo in front of the Woodson Park Swimming Pool on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Photo by Hannah Covington, The Oklahoman
Donna Daniels of Oklahoma City poses for a photo in front of the Woodson Park Swimming Pool on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Photo by Hannah Covington, The Oklahoman

“I’m not the average therapist.”

Donna Daniels, 43, of Oklahoma City spoke those bold words at the Woodson Park Swimming Pool on a hot Thursday afternoon. The sun shining down, forced her to squint her eyes, but not enough to keep her from doing her job.

Daniels brings ‘her kids’ to the swimming pool three or four times per week. The pool doesn’t charge admission and offers a chance to get kids out and allow them to have fun. Daniels goes there for that exact reason.  Her kids, as she likes to refer to them as, are part of Options Unlimited, a counseling agency for mental health care.

Going swimming every day or even a few times per week is one thing these kids would never do otherwise. Another thing Daniels provides, going to Celebration Station to play games and ride go-karts or going to restaurants and engaging in a public environment. She said her job was to give these kids the opportunity to learn how to act in public.

“A lot of them don’t have social skills,” Daniels said. She added that the kids have issues with anger and aggression as well as coping but when they are out in an environment like a swimming pool, they do just fine.

Daniels found Woodson Park on the internet and knew right away it was a place she was going to bring her kids. She said she is always looking for fun and safe things to do and that Woodson Park was the perfect place.



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