Local youth shelters need help this Christmas

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LAWTON, Oklahoma (KSWO) – If you’re thinking about giving for a good cause this Christmas, youth shelters in our area are asking for anything you can do to help make a children’s Christmas special.

Local shelters in our community need a little extra help while on vacation, so what better way to give back, than by donating to those in need.

Christmas time is when children tend to have the latest toys or new clothes because they have outgrown the previous ones.

Comanche Nation shelter director Teresa Lopez said it was the perfect opportunity to donate these items to a local shelter.

“We see a lot of teenagers coming and we don’t have the clothes for them, so if they have their kids, their kids get new clothes and they want to make a difference and donate and give,” Lopez mentioned. “We would be very grateful.”

Lopez says that because of COVID, the shelter itself actually needs basic hygiene items that some may not think worthy of a donation.

“We’re also saying our shelter needs a donation, like combs and brushes, towels, sheets and pillow cases for a double size, things like that,” Lopez said.

Marie Detty’s Youth Shelter program director Dwight Shegog said her shelter was also in need, such as toys, clothing, electronics and suitcases. Something that people do not associate with their needs.

“A lot of the children who come to the shelter have nothing, they are taken from their homes in the middle of the night and only have clothes on their backs,” Shegog said.

Shegog said that during the holidays, mainly because it was a non-profit organization, they needed help.

“We don’t get a lot of money to give the kids everything they need, so if you have any leftovers after Christmas just bring them,” Shegog said. “We would definitely appreciate it.”

Both directors said it was very special for them over the holidays to see all the gifts given to the children … to see that they too were having a Christmas.

“I love my job, I love what I do,” Lopez said. “I love to see their faces when they open the gifts that have been given to them. Some of them may have had Christmas, some may not have had Christmas, and you know they miss their families. “

“I’ve been working here for 23 years, and I’ve seen a lot of kids come here with nothing, and just put a smile on their face,” Shegog said. “Just the little things that make the difference. “

If you would like to donate to these youth shelters, click on the links.

They need help with children 12 to 17 years old.

Refuge for young people of the Comanche Nation

Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center

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