For the last four years, OK Foster Wishes has coordinated with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) to receive and fulfill holiday wish lists for children in foster care from all over the state. Like almost everything else in 2020, OK Foster Wishes will be handled differently this year.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and caseworkers working remotely this year, gift delivery is nearly impossible. Therefore, OKDHS has asked OICA to help raise the funds to purchase 2,500 gift cards at $75 each for foster families to use to buy gifts themselves this year.
While we are disappointed we will be unable to help coordinate the distribution of lists and the gathering and delivery of toys to foster families, we are committed to helping. OICA remains dedicated to ensuring that as many foster children as possible still receive gifts, despite the pandemic.
OK Foster Wishes has helped bring significant awareness to foster care in our state, putting a face to the kids in care, and helping to recruit families for them. The pandemic has not diminished the need and OK Foster Wishes remains “all in” on raising awareness and support.
While this year we will not be able to connect donors with these children through wish lists, we again will work with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to use their “ShareThanks” program to allow donors the ability to see anonymous “thank you” notes on social media from those foster families who participate.
We hope you will still be a part of this endeavor to support these young Oklahomans and make a gift possible through the donation of money for a gift card. Thank you for your past support and we hope we can count on you again this year!