Quantcast

Plenty of "Christmas smiles" for kids at Ottawa County's Boys & - KOAM TV 7

Plenty of "Christmas smiles" for kids at Ottawa County's Boys & Girl's Club

Updated:

An exciting day for many kids in Miami today, as they were given Christmas gifts.  The gifts may have been like any other you may find at the store.  But the meaning behind this giving was unique.

Though the presents aren't wrapped with paper, each gift is encased with love.

"The local children of Miami are a big part of the community," says Demaris Rector with The Stables Casino.

From the community of Miami comes gifts for children.  The type of gifts that touch both hands and hearts.

"This is, for some of them, might be their only presents this year," says Maria Olson with the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa County.

"I got a Barbie," says one girl.

"A Ninja Turtle," says one boy.

A two week toy drive at Miami's Stables Casino brought in more than one thousand toys for the local Boys and Girls Club.

"Everybody just rushes in and donates right away," says Rector.

Kids are given two toys each, after going through some virtual games, like Candyland.  

A visit by Nick Claus shows his approval.  Though word is, the real Santa up North got in a flight delay.

One boy says with a smile, "He ain't even real!"

"It's a real fun way where everyone gets a present, but it's not a mad rush to come out and pick out what you want," says Olson.

At a young age, there are those wants.

"It's heart warming," says Rector.  "They're so excited to get the presents.  And it's so much fun to see how excited they get!"

One boy says, "I get toys!"

A girl says, "It makes me feel great!"

It's the feeling organizers hope stays with these kids, as they get older, from giving presents, as well.

Some toys leftover because there weren't enough kids at today's event were given to NEO's Angel Tree program, which also serves people in need.

In addition to toys being given to the Boys and Girls Club in Miami, Boys and Girls clubs in Commerce, OK received 150 toys, and the club in Fairland, OK received 200 toys.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Newton County officials say county jail funding impacts 2015 budget

    Newton County officials say county jail funding impacts 2015 budget

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:30:45 GMT
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released nearly $1.8 million to reimburse county jails for housing state prisoners. Officials in Newton County say this funding impacts their planning of the 2015 budget. Newton County commissioners say the sheriff's office takes up the largest portion of the county's budget, which is why commissioners closely monitor the amount of reimbursement available from the state.More >>
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has released nearly $1.8 million to reimburse county jails for housing state prisoners. Officials in Newton County say this funding impacts their planning of the 2015 budget. Newton County commissioners say the sheriff's office takes up the largest portion of the county's budget, which is why commissioners closely monitor the amount of reimbursement available from the state.More >>
  • Mercy Hospital officials release plans to develop old hospital site

    Mercy Hospital officials release plans to develop old hospital site

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:00:24 GMT
    On a man-made hill where there's already respect, there will soon be a place to reflect.More >>
    On a man-made hill where there's already respect, there will soon be a place to reflect.More >>
  • Pittsburg Groups Seek Public Input on Making City More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly

    Pittsburg Groups Seek Public Input on Making City More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:15:49 GMT
    Pittsburg residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how to improve bicycling and pedestrian walkways and trails in the city. With one trail already in the works, officials are reaching out to the public for help on the next one.More >>
    Pittsburg residents are being asked to voice their opinions on how to improve bicycling and pedestrian walkways and trails in the city. With one trail already in the works, officials are reaching out to the public for help on the next one.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.