Oklahoma Atheist Group Begins Gift-Giving Drive to Help Those Impacted by Natural Disasters

FreeOK, an atheist group based in Oklahoma, is planning a major charity drive this winter that aims to give presents to kids in foster care and families affected by natural disasters:

HHA Gifting is the part of FreeOK’s 2013 Giving Drive aimed at providing holiday gift relief to families housing foster children and those in need of assistance for other reasons. Our kids up for gifting adoption provide us with wishlists which we then make available to volunteering sponsors.

In addition to the 70 children we will be sponsoring in placement with Jordan’s Crossing, we are also currently accepting nominations for families impacted by the government shutdown, this year’s natural disasters and really any cause that has resulted in sacrifices needing to be made in celebrations for the holidays.

If you’re in the area, you can go to their site right now to “Adopt a child” — purchase gifts requested by specific children and drop them off at designated locations later.

If you’re outside the area, consider purchasing something from the group’s Amazon Wishlist so that they can give it away at a later time.

You can always donate money, too, if that’s easier.

If this project is successful, it’s one that can (and should) be copied by other large local groups. There’s no reason our community can’t help those less fortunate this holiday season.

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  • Debi Large

    I wanted to purchase a gift on the Amazon list, but it wanted to send it to my address. Suggestions?

  • DougI

    Is Joel Klein going to be there?

  • Kai Tancredi

    That shouldn’t happen if you use the wishlist link, but glitches are glitches. If the issue persists, you can manually enter our delivery address as 2921 E Noble Drive, Edmond, OK 73034

    Thanks for giving!

  • Debi Large

    I had to put in your address. But a book has shipped and is scheduled to deliver on Nov. 6.

  • Anna

    This is a wonderful idea! I love picking out toys for individual children. It feels a lot more personal than choosing something for a random giveaway.

    According to the website, it looks like you can purchase gifts for specific children online, ie: “Buy Hannah’s gift on Amazon,” but it just takes you to the general wish list. The list itself is very confusing. I can’t figure out how to buy anything for any child, let alone a particular one, since no specific items are mentioned.

    There’s an option on Amazon to purchase something as a gift. I could do that, send it to the address listed, and include a note saying it’s for a specific child?

  • Kai Tancredi

    Whichever route is easier for you. Over the next couple of days, there will be specific selections placed on the list. For now there are just general suggestions. Thanks!