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November 24- December 31


Lake Eufaula State Park Light Tour Lake Eufaula State Park 918-689-4607


December 6


Christmas on the Farm Wild Things Farm, 700 Beaty Ave., Pocola 918-626-4053


December 6-7


Atoka Craft Show 204 N. Delaware, Atoka December 7


Santa Shop and Visit (Vendors, Food and Pictures with Santa) Red Oak


Santa Photos Main Street, Wilburton


Atoka Christmas Parade Court Street, Atoka


Eufaula Christmas Parade Downtown, Eufaula, 918-689-2534


Poteau Christmas Parade Dewey Avenue, Poteau


Christmas Holiday Market Don Reynolds Center, Poteau


December 7-24


Christmas Light Display Nightly 6 pm -9 pm, Wister Lake December 14


Eufaula Area Chamber of Commerce Community Dinner & Dance 918-689-2791


January 20


Men Who Cook Wilburton, 918-465-2254


Coats for Kids Kicks Off Member-supported program makes sure kids stay warm


contributions to Operation Roundup, the program provides warm winter coats for disadvantaged kids of all ages at 35 schools in Kiamichi Electric service territory.


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Todd Minshall, director of Kiamichi Electric member services and coordinator of Coats for Kids, said the program spent nearly $6,000 on winter coats for children last year.


Minshall depends on local schools to provide him with the number of coats needed and proper sizes.


"I spend the better part of November contacting school administrators for information," he said. "Then I go shopping."


Minshall takes care in selecting coats of varying styles and brands. With hundreds of coats to purchase every year, it's a time consuming process, he said, but it serves to protect the anonymity of the students and ensures each child receives something special.


Minshall will deliver coats to participating schools in December.


iamichi Electric Cooperative kicked off its Coats for Kids program in November. Funded by co-op member


Coats for Kids began in 2007 at the request of the Operation Roundup board of trustees. "When the board heard that local kids were going to school without coats because their families couldn't afford them, they wanted to do something about it," Minshall said.


Coats for Kids is one of many charitable programs supported by Operation Roundup. Funding decisions are made by the Operation Roundup board of trustees who meet every other month to discuss business and review funding applications.


While funding for Operation Roundup comes from Kiamichi Electric member donations, the organization is guided by an independent board of trustees. Kiamichi Electric members who participate in Operation Roundup agree to roundup their monthly electric bill to the next whole dollar with the few pennies difference going to Operation Roundup. The average Kiamichi Electric member contributes around $6 per year.


Funding applications for Operation Roundup are available online at www. kiamichielectric.org, or pick up an application at Kiamichi Electric Cooperative headquarters in Wilburton, or at any local social services agency.


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