, Muskogee, OK

December 18, 2012

Kids’ Space offers package deal

Child abuse support center wraps gifts to raise funds

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— If good gift-wrapping skills don’t run in your family tree, a Muskogee child advocacy center may be the answer to your problems. For a small fee, Kids’ Space will do the hard work for you.

The gift-wrapping idea is a way to help Muskogee-area residents save time as well as give to a good cause, Executive Director Hilary McQueen said.

Kids’ Space provides services to child victims of abuse and their non-offending families.

“The money goes to things like therapy, parent education, mental health, examinations, things like that,” McQueen said. “We just figured it could help out. Even if we make $500, it would help.”

McQueen and Lindsey Groom, the family/victim advocate at the center, wrapped gifts Monday at the center. Because the center is near Arrowhead Mall and downtown, McQueen and Groom hope to see a big turnout during the final two gift-wrapping days.

“If you work downtown, you can just come by and drop the gifts off and then come pick them up,” Groom said. “People love to give and help this time of year, so it just makes sense to do something like this.”

McQueen said having someone else wrap gifts is a good way to keep gifts away from snooping children.

“I have kids, and I have to do my wrapping at midnight so my kids don’t see them,” she said. “So this is a way around that for parents.”

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Kids’ Space, Muskogee’s child advocacy center, is wrapping gifts today and Wednesday to raise money. Employees will wrap gifts at the center, 400 Court St. Gifts can be left for wrapping, but they must be picked up before 4 p.m. Thursday. Wrapping costs $3 for a small box and $5 for a large box. Any number of gifts will be accepted for wrapping.