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November 11, 2012

Christmas Gala to benefit children

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Woodward, Okla. — AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT 'A TERRIFIC CAUSE'

Kevin Evans, executive director of Western Plains, said the Christmas Gala is "a terrific opportunity to support the youth shelter."

"Typically we have wonderful response at Christmas with people thinking of us and donating to the shelter, this will just give them another opportunity to that," Evans said.

He said that Western Plains is always looking for new ways to raise money for its emergency youth shelter, especially as "the shelter has never been fuller."

"The gala will be a unique evening for supporters to come out and enjoy themselves and also raise money for a terrific cause," Evans said.

The Western Plains youth shelter provides services to children ages 0 to 17, with most of the children being in DHS custody awaiting foster care placement, Sherman said.

While children are at the shelter, she said they are provided with "of course, shelter, a bed to sleep in, meals, and we also try to provide extra opportunities for kids such as bowling or going to movies.  We also try to take the kids on field trips during school breaks. We're basically like a house for 10 kids because we're a 10-bed facility."

The shelter is open 365 days a year; "we never close, we're always here even on holidays," Sherman said.

Last year the shelter housed "just under 200 kids, and the average length of stay was about 30-days," she said.

Tickets for the Western Plains Christmas Gala may be purchased by contacting Western Plains at 254-5322, ext. 115, or by stopping by their offices at 1213 Hanks Trail.  You may also order tickets by calling Nancy Greeff at 334-5087 or Jerri Gadberry at 571-6103.

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