Every year, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) collaborates with a host of amazing partners and local communities to fulfill the holiday wish lists of children and youth in state custody. These children are just like your children or those in your own neighborhood, with hopes for a visit from Santa and that special gift to be waiting for them under the tree. You can bring the magic of the season and make a child's holiday wishes come true by requesting a wish list.
"We are so thankful to our incredible partners and the community for their tireless support of children in state custody," said Myron Pope, Chief of Strategic Engagement at OKDHS. "These children need and deserve as much normalcy as possible in their lives, and efforts like these help ensure their holidays are bright and filled with joy. Thank you for raising your hand to help."
Beginning Nov. 1, visit the website of one of our wonderful partners, listed below, to claim your wish list(s). Each list contains the personal holiday wishes of a child or youth in state custody. The suggested spending limit for each wish list is $75 and detailed instructions regarding due dates and shipping and/or drop-off locations are available on each partner's website.
One of our partners in Holiday Hope, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, is still in need of donated warehouse space from which to process and distribute wish lists in partnership with the OKDHS Office of Community and Faith Engagement. Because we coordinate delivery for wish lists from offices across the state, the desired space in the Oklahoma City area will have:
- 35,000 square feet
- Loading docks
- Public access and daily volunteer access
- Availability from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31
To donate your warehouse space, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for other ways to help, sign-up to volunteer with a partner agency, attend events and spread the word about fulfilling wish lists on social media. Use the hashtags #ourOKDHS #HolidayHope.