OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, hosted OKCIC’s annual Toy Wonderland benefiting families in need this holiday season on December 11, 2020.
“With our staff’s generosity, we were thrilled to provide 104 families with toys, totaling to about 192 children,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, OKCIC’s Chief Executive Officer.
The toys were purchased through OKCIC’s award-winning Warm and Fuzzy program, which is an employee-supported program that raises funds through voluntary payroll deductions, fundraising and individual employee donations throughout the year. This program supplies over 200 families with meals, coats and toys during the winter and holiday season.
“Every holiday season we strive to help those in need and hopefully make their holiday a little brighter,” Sunday-Allen said. “This year more that ever, we want to provide our pediatric children with a happy Christmas by providing them with toys.”
December is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month, which OKCIC ensured all toys given met these standards. There are multitudes of different ways to figure if a toy is suitable for a child, but a couple simple tips are to inspect all toys before purchasing and avoid those that shoot or include parts that fly off. Another item to look for is labels that assure the toys have passed a safety inspection. “ATSM” means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards.
You do NOT want to:
- Give toys with small parts to young children that could present a choking hazard
- Give toys with ropes and cords or heating elements
- Give crayons and markers unless they are labeled “nontoxic”
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 20,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.