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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
Okla. Legislature OKs tax breaks for storm victims
May 24, 2013 15:54 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.
The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.
The bill applies to victims of tornados that occur in 2013 and for which a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was issued. The measure still must be approved by the House before the Legislature adjourns.
The measure was sponsored by Moore Republican Sen. Anthony Sykes, who represents most of the communities hit hardest by Monday's storms.
Senate Bill 330: http://bit.ly/16TdnXX
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