Murray County toy, clothing drive benefits kids in child protective services

SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) One restaurant in Sulphur is starting a new Christmas tradition to help kids in Murray County.

The Boomerang Diner franchise in Sulphur is gathering toys and clothes for kids in child protective services to give them a better holiday.

The Christmas tree in the store has tags with each child's age, sex, clothing size and most wanted gift.

People who want to help take the tag, shop for the child and return the items to the store.

Franchise owner Dana Hill said Boomerang Diners' goal is to give back to the community by hosting community service and out reach events each month.

"I thought it was a great idea," Hill said. "I love the idea of giving toys to kids that may not have a Christmas without it. The kids we are helping are in Child Protective services and most of them won't have a Christmas without somebody coming and helping them."

Velma Blackstone is a waitress at the Sulphur location and came up with the idea to help out the kids in CPS.

“I have four kids," Blackstone said. "I’ve never had to deal with anything like that, child protective services. But a lot of little kids need help. Not everybody can be a good parent, so everybody needs help.”

The 23 kids in Murray County CPS ages range from six months to 14 years old.

The drive goes until Dec. 15.

Boomerang Diner employees will deliver the gifts to the child in person or give them to the Murray County Human Service Department.

Employees and organizers will shop for any of the kids that remain after Dec. 15.

If the toy and clothing drive is a success this year, organizers said they will try to expand the drive to other locations in Oklahoma.

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