The Woodward News

Local News

November 11, 2012

Christmas Gala to benefit children

(Continued)

Woodward, Okla. — LITTLE THINGS CAN HAVE BIG MEANING FOR A CHILD WITH NOTHING

Sherman said that while many of us may take things like a new pair of shoes or birthday celebration for granted, often the children who come to the Western Plains shelter have not ever had those things.

She told the story of one 10-year-old boy in the shelter recently, "who was in desperate need of shoes."

"We took him shoe shopping and I asked him if he had any idea what size shoe he wore.  He said he thought maybe size 8.  It turned out that 8 was his size 3 years ago.  So he tried on this one pair of shoes that was way too big for him.  But he said, 'no, it's okay, I'll grow into them,'" Sherman said.

Although impressed by his willingness to make do, she told the boy that they would keep looking until they found a pair that fit him perfectly.

"He was so excited and said he had never had a new pair of shoes before," she said.  "Then when he was packing up to leave, after he had been with us for about 4 weeks, he still had the Stage bag that the shoes had been put in as well as the actual shoebox and even the tissue paper that the shoes had been wrapped in, because having those new shoes were so important to him."

Sherman said that "shoes are always a big thing for us."

Another major item for the shelter is luggage, she said.

"Many of our kids will come in with what little belongings they have in a trash bag," she said.  "But at Western Plains it is our goal that we don't ever let them leave with their things in a trash bag.  We provide them with some piece of luggage or duffel bag of their own."

Text Only
Local News
  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014