Homeless, Low-Income OKC Children Treated To Halloween Surprise

Friday, October 30th 2015, 7:02 pm
By: News 9

You have probably never thought about the fact that trick-or-treating is a luxury for some kids. However, that is the reality for many Oklahoma City students who are homeless or low income.

On Friday, students at Positive Tomorrows received Halloween treats, complete with costumes made just for them at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Positive Tomorrows and OMRF are both United Way agencies and they teamed up to treat the students.

“Love to have the kids come through, they get so excited,” said Courtney Greenwood with OMRF. “They come in their costumes and it feels like we're giving back to have fun with them.”

Positive Tomorrows is OKC's only elementary school that specifically serves children who are homeless. Students at Oklahoma City University handmade each child's costume.

“They measure all the kids, they ask them, ‘What's your favorite super hero, do you want to be something like a princess,’ and they sort of surprise them in October with the costumes,” said Rachel Durham with Positive Tomorrows.

Oklahoma is the seventh worst state for homeless children.

There are more than 3,200 in the Oklahoma City public school district alone and sometimes a simple childhood joy like trick or treating is something their families cannot do.

This small gesture goes a long way.

“They are never going to forget how they felt today when everyone was greeting them with smiles and giving them candy and loved their costumes and that they are just the stars today,” Durham told News 9.

This is the ninth year OMRF has thrown a trick-or-treating event for Positive Tomorrows.