The Norman Transcript

Headlines

November 17, 2012

Secret Santa program launches into 22nd year

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Due to new regulations that were put through on DHS, county lines have moved, which means right now fewer foster children are signed up for the Secret Santa program. This is something that worries CAB board members.

“We are still working very closely with DHS and the social workers that if we have helped families in the past, that they aren’t to be forgotten because we don’t want a child that has had a Christmas before to not get that Christmas because the county lines have changed,” Wilson said.

CAB board members also are hoping that this year an individual would step up and help purchase gift cards for the teenagers that are in foster care. In the past, few in the community have wanted to donate cards, which meant that CAB would be responsible for making those requests.

“We would rather our funds go to these other special needs that we are offering. We probably fill about $20,000 a year in gift card request. A lot of the reason teenagers request that is that is the only time of year they get to go shopping. A lot of it is that they have siblings that they will use their gift card and go shop for because they don’t have any other way to have income. Those are the kids that really break my heart because they want a gift card that they can go buy for somebody else,” Wilson said.

Other items that CAB always sees a need for are bike helmets, batteries and gift wrapping supplies.

“A lot of times they don’t have those wrapping supplies. If someone would like to donate 50 rolls of wrapping paper or things of tape or bows so that these foster parents can wrap gifts,” Wilson said. “As a board, obviously we don’t mind spending that, but at the same time if we could help a family with diapers or air conditioning.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Junior Police Graduation First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Air Algerie jet crashes with 116 on board

    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Nonprofit raises $3.9M-plus for new center

    The Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Norman partner agency, announced Thursday that it exceeded its public fundraising goal of $3.5 million and raised more than $3.9 million to complete the purchase and renovation of a ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Bad year won’t dampen peachy tradition

    PORTER — A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they’ve come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.” Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Union Market opens this fall on campus

    Shelves are being stocked as employees buzz around like busy bees and activities are in the last stages of prep as the University of Oklahoma anticipates the opening of its new eatery Union Market, located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union in ...

    July 26, 2014

  • OU football recruit under investigation in assault case

    An attorney representing Joe Mixon confirmed Friday evening that the highly-recruited Oklahoma running back is being investigated by Norman Police in connection with an incident in which a woman suffered multiple facial fractures early ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Campus Cornerassault

    Norman Police responded to an alleged aggravated assault at the Campus Corner Pickelmans Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning....

    July 26, 2014

  • U.S.: Russia firing across border

    KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the ...

    July 26, 2014

  • McCain: Arizona execution ‘torture’

    TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture....

    July 26, 2014