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Military Families Get Help With their Christmas Lists
It will be a Christmas to remember for hundreds of military families in the metro, thanks to Operation Homefront. The organization held a toy giveaway Tuesday night in Midwest City. It's one of six giveaways in Oklahoma and Arkansas this season.
"The military usually takes care of its own. Right now we have so many people deployed, that's kind of a tough thing to look at and to be able to handle," said Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, with Operation Homefront.
Aragon said some don't realize that many military families are living just above the poverty level. She said without events like the toy giveaway, many would not be able to buy presents for their children.
"Its wonderful. They help so many families and with Christmas being such a special holiday and the economy the way it is at the moment, its so hard for people to provide for their families, for the kids, with that happiness that Christmas morning brings," one mother told Fox 25, as she waited to enter the giveaway.
She was one of 300 families who participated Tuesday. Each one, got a bag for each child in the family, to fill with anything they'd like. Families were also given a box of canned goods and beauty products.
"When I was a military commander, my job in sending troops off was to say 'you concentrate on your job, you stay alive well and healthy. Focus on what your job is do, and we back home will take care of your families.' This is one of the way we do that," Aragon said.
Posted: Tuesday, December 11 2012, 09:58 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch in effect for parts of west Oklahoma
May 23, 2013 19:27 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for parts of western Oklahoma and northwestern Texas just days after a monstrous tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and left 24 people dead.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says the tornado watch will remain in effect through 10 p.m. Thursday.
Forecasters say tornadoes and damaging winds are possible and hail is likely in the watch area.
Meanwhile, storms that lingered over the Oklahoma City area brought flooding to some areas Thursday.
A number of roads in the metro area had to be closed Thursday morning due to high water. Cars and people were stranded in places and forecasters recommended residents delay traveling until the waters recede.
The latest storms come after a deadly tornado hit Moore on Monday.
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