The holiday spirit was in full swing at the Dec. 10 Family & Children’s Services Child Abuse & Trauma Services building, as 316 attendees and family members in coats and hats are greeted by staff.
The Christmas tree was smothered with wrapped and unwrapped toys, and the children looked them over with mouths agape while awaiting to take a holiday photo and head upstairs to write a letter to Santa and shake his hand.
There were also several activity stations such as games, decorating sugar cookies, etc., available for entertainment. As a bonus, a Christmas Kangaroo appears at the event, waving and handing out candy from its pouch to all who wish to indulge.
After a six-year hiatus and a comeback last year in 2018, the holiday party was revived and held again this year thanks to the collaborative effort by the F&CS Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC), and chaired by Becky Gligo and Morgan Smith, as well as F&CS staff.
“The YPAC CATS party was a wonderful opportunity to bring families together to celebrate the joy of the holiday season,” Gligo said. “As a YPAC member, I was thrilled to co-chair the event and support the amazing work that Family and Children’s Services does in the Tulsa community.”