The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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March 8, 2014

4RKids Foundation has various funding sources

ENID, Okla. — The 4RKids foundation is funded through several avenues.

A contract with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to provide vocational training and employment to people who qualify for state-supported services pays for some of the clients the organization serves.

Private pay agreements with families of some who don’t qualify for state-supported services provide funding for them.

4RKids also receives private grants and gifts from foundations and community donors.

Local businesses have contracts for document destruction services and sponsor 4RKids’ annual walk and run fundraiser event. Some local businesses sponsor book donation drives and collect aluminum cans for 4RKids’ aluminum recycling.

Ongoing projects include making greeting cards, dog biscuits, lotion, bath salts and jewelry. These items are sold in the two gift shops operated by 4RKids and at craft shows. To support these industries, 4RKids accepts cash as well as supplies used to make the items: small foam paint brushes; parchment paper; plastic forks and spoons; watercolor paint and paper; liquid hand soap; Hobby Lobby gift cards; glycerin; sweet almond oil; epsom salt, Dawn and Ivory dish soaps; colored pencils; wheat flour; wine corks; and copy paper.

Local companies also can support 4RKids by printing brochures and flyers or paying postage expenses for the agency’s bulk mailings.

4RKids also accepts donations of paperback and hardback books for sale in its two 2nd Story Gift Shops.

Another way to support the organization is to patronize the Putt-Putt miniature golf course 4RKids operates at 710 Overland Trail. Putt-Putt opens weekends beginning in March and is open daily starting Memorial Day weekend.

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