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Thunder, Ibaka Surpise Kids with Christmas Party
The Oklahoma City Thunder gave about 100 inner-city kids a Christmas to remember. The team threw a Christmas party Sunday for children in Novo Ministries' after-school program at the Oak Grove Housing Development in southwest Oklahoma City.
The children enjoyed pizza, arts and crafts and visited with the Thunder Girls. But, when it came time to open their presents, they got a special surprise. Thunder forward Serge Ibaka made a special appearance at the party, handing out the presents and taking pictures with all of the children.
"Its always good. I feel good every time to give back to the community. I'm doing the best I can and I really enjoy it," Ibaka said.
"This has been a very hard year for some, and so I'm very thankful that the Thunder saw it in their hearts to come and bless us," mother Veronica Coston said.
The Novo program is a faith-based non-profit that works with inner-city children. Founder, Valerie Sherrer said the children don’t often get treats like this.
"Now they know that Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder know about them and care about them and wanted to make their day special," Sherrer said.
She said without Sunday's party, some of the children would not have gotten a Christmas present.
"As we were preparing for the event and telling the children and the families about this party and the fact that there were going to be gifts here, there were a couple of parents that started crying," she said. "Because they were stressed out wondering 'am I going to be able to get my child a gift this year?'"
Posted: Sunday, December 23 2012, 09:42 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Pace slows in testing after Tulsa health scare
May 24, 2013 12:51 GMT
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.
So far, 70 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and three for HIV, but there is no indication the diseases spread at the clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.
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