With more than 12,000 children in foster care in Oklahoma this year, Santa may need a little help. This is where OK Foster Wishes and the Department of Human Services join forces.  Founded in 2010, Foster Wishes is a non-profit organization that believes in community. They know individuals and families are the answer to bringing love, safety, and permanency to children in crisis and they work to link the community with children who need their support.

This year, as in past years, OK Foster Wishes is gathering Christmas wish lists from children and youth in foster care. Organizations and individuals wanting to help fill those wish lists may obtain information through DHS, which is coordinating the distribution of lists. There are other ways to help too. Donations are accepted directly on the Foster Wishes website.

Steve Lackmeyer, with NewsOK.com, is a short-term foster parent. He knows, from experience, that Christmas can be sparse for many foster children. Knowing that good foster parents are spread too thin everywhere, it’s understandable that excessive Christmas shopping falls by the wayside. This is where the community can step in to help. Good foster parents need help in making Christmas magical for these children who, through no fault of their own, have experienced some serious struggles.

Why not jump on Santa’s bandwagon and help deliver Christmas to Oklahoma’s foster children this year?