Connecting the community with opportunities to serve Oklahoma’s children affected by abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

 

OK Foster Wishes coordinates with OKDHS to receive foster children’s holiday wish lists from all over the state; 2019 is the third year OICA has coordinated this effort. We will partner with the community to distribute the wish lists through businesses, organizations, and individuals as a direct gift to a child in custody.
 
The effort has brought great awareness to the foster care issue by safely lifting the veil of confidentiality to show that children in foster care are not nameless, faceless kids, who many believe that the government is solely responsible for, but real kids just like kids in our neighborhood who have the same hopes, dreams and wants.
 
This year, OKDHS has designated all “Wish Lists” not taken by other organizations be managed through OK Foster Wishes and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. This means that more than 5,000 wish lists will be coordinated by OICA and OK Foster Wishes in 2019, and your help is needed to make these dreams come true for the foster kids you directly help by filling one or more lists.

Read Article: Sharing Christmas With Foster Kids

 
Ways to Help!
 
 
We now have requests for all the lists; however, despite all the lists being requested, historically about 300 will go unfilled, so you still have a chance to make a difference.

 

We are creating a “Rapid Response Team” to help fill unfulfilled lists after December 6. Those who volunteer for the Rapid Response Team will be charged with taking one or more of these unfilled lists and – within 48 hours – filling the list and returning the items to our warehouse in the north OKC metro area. This will be a critical component of our effort to meet the needs of Oklahoma’s foster children. To sign up for the Rapid Response Team, simply fill out this form:

 

 

We also need financial contributions. It takes a budgeted $40,000 to meet the remaining gift needs of foster children and to administer the program. That money goes to fund a pair of special shopping excursions to fill the unfilled lists and to stock the Santa Store for the average 30 children per day entering the foster care system in December; these are kids entering the system too late to fill out a wish list.

 

The shopping excursions are always great events – sometimes led by a celebrity. More information is coming on the shopping events this week with ways you can participate as we get the gifts to make children’s eyes sparkle.

 

Thank you all for your work to help Oklahoma’s foster children! Fill your list! Make a contribution! Join a shopping excursion! Bring joy! And, make dreams come true this holiday season!


DROP-OFF LOCATIONS FOR THOSE WHO FILLED LISTS
  • Ardmore Fire Department-115 N Rockford Rd, Ardmore

  • Bob Moore Mazda-13045 N Kelley, Oklahoma City

  • Buy For Less-2701 SW 29th, Oklahoma City

  • Buy For Less-3501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City

  • Buy For Less-3713 S Western, Oklahoma City

  • Buy For Less-415 SW 59th, Oklahoma City

  • Buy For Less-7957 NW 23rd, Bethany

  • Darby’s Big Furniture, 6746 NW Cache Rd, Lawton, OK 73505

  • Enid Fire Department- 410 W Garriott, Enid

  • Morningstar Storage Bethany-7100 NW 50th, Bethany

  • NW OKC Dental Care-3001 NW 63rd St, Nichols Hills

  • Oklahoma’s Credit Union Capitol-3001 N Lincoln, Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma’s Credit Union NW Expressway-7230 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma’s Credit Union Quail Springs-15100 N May Ave-Edmond

  • Oklahoma’s Credit Union South OKC-530 SW 119th St, Oklahoma City

  • Smart Saver-1011 SE 15th-Midwest City

  • Smart Saver-1104 SE 44th, Oklahoma City

  • Smart Saver-1201 S Cornwell, Yukon

  • Smart Saver-1205 E Lindsey, Norman

  • Uptown Grocery-1230 W Covell Rd, Edmond

  • Uptown Grocery-9515 N May, Oklahoma City


OK Foster Wishes Gift Drive wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors: