ORU Students Spread Christmas Cheer

ORU OutreachOral Roberts University students hosted Christmas parties for eight Tulsa charities this holiday season. Students brought a moment of joy to underprivileged children, seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and the homeless, as a part of ORU’s weekly outreach programs.

“Christmas is a time where many families and children need to be reminded of the hope we have in Jesus Christ,” said ORU Director for Missions and Outreach Bobby Parks. “No matter what challenges people are facing this season, God is with them and that is truly a reason to celebrate.”

At New Hope center for children, students decorated for Christmas and delivered a homemade dinner. They also led caroling, cookie decorating and set up an ornament decorating station, so children could take home presents to family members.

At the Children's Medical Network students brought Santa Clause with them to visit. He took pictures, played games and distributed a toy to each child undergoing long term treatment at OSU’s Medical Center.

At the Boys and Girls Club of Tulsa students threw a birthday party for Jesus. They played games, sang songs, had birthday cake, wrote birthday cards to Jesus and gave out a present to each child.

At the Tulsa Day Center for the homeless, students put on an international Christmas festival. ORU international students even got involved with the festival. Besides the cultural aspects, students visited and decorated sugar cookies with attendees.

At the Laura Dester Home for abused and neglected children, ORU students threw a Christmas carnival where they distributed stockings to each child. Students also put on a talent show, led Christmas carols and played games.

At the Cypress Springs Alzheimer’s care facility, students threw a Christmas party for elderly residents complete with Christmas cards, cookies and fellowship.

At the Salvation Army Center for Hope, students wrote down prayer requests from the homeless, hung them on a Christmas tree, and prayed for the requests. They also sang Christmas carols and brought along a photo booth, so attendees could take Christmas pictures.

At Elevate Dance studio, students held a Christmas dance rehearsal. Afterwards, they had game stations, snowflake crafts as well as cookie decorating and a coloring contest complete with prizes.

For a complete list of ORU weekly outreaches, please visit www.oruoutreach.com.