During the past few years, I’ve written stories about Citizens Caring for Children, a nonprofit organization that serves foster children in the Oklahoma City metro area. Every year, volunteers hold a back-to-school drive in which the foster children can take home a new outfit and a new pair of shoes to wear on their first day of school.
This year, the foster children will be receiving a pair of Stephon Marbury’s Starbury One shoes during the back-to-school drive that will be held throughout August.
I was fortunate to attend last year’s back-to-school drive, and it was a complete frenzy. The children all raced in the building with a big smile on their faces eager to pick out a new outfit and new shoes. I remember some of them acted as if they had won the million dollar lottery. It was at that moment that I realized how often I take simple things for granted.
When I was child, I would get upset whenever my parents would buy me clothes. After all, I wanted toys and the latest video games instead. These foster children aren’t searching for toys and games. All they wanted was the basic necessities like clothes and shoes.
Some of the children who wear old worn out clothes to school are often teased by their peers. I can only imagine the joy they feel when they walk into the classroom wearing new clothes.
Citizens Caring for Children is still accepting donations for new clothes and new shoes. For donation information, call 348-9034. It’s important that we don’t forget about the children living in the foster care system.
Tim Henley, staff writer