Santa Clause is sliding down TEEM’s chimney for the nonprofits Second Annual Toy Drive! TEEM’s annual Christmas drive is designed to supply new toys to children of incarcerated parents. The drive begins November 28 and runs until December 15, 2016. Supporters are encouraged to donate through TEEM’s official Amazon wish list available at teem.org or drop off donations in person at TEEM’s headquarters located at 1501 N Classen Blvd. Donation boxes are also available for pickup.
TEEM’s participants are justice-involved parents who dream of becoming better parents, caregivers, and role models to the children in their lives. While many are obtaining the tools to become productive members of society, the children are left to cope with stress, separation, and relational barriers due to the incarceration of their loved ones. According to a recent study by the Oklahoma Children of Incarcerated Parents Advisory Committee, 2 in 3 families have difficulty meeting basic financial needs as a direct result of incarceration. For many of these parents, the financial burdens associated with the holidays present another obstacle to overcome. 100 percent of donations received through the toy drive will be used to make Christmas brighter for these families. Throughout the month of December, family members shop for free in Santa’s Workshop at TEEM.