With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, a local Moore organization and its members are looking to give back for the holiday seasons.

Aktion Club, a local organization comprised of adults with disabilities, wants to raise charitable donations for Jordan's Crossing, an organization in Oklahoma City. Jordan's Crossing is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for women with children.

Jessicia Smith, Aktion Club advisor, said community service and activism are two of the main goals of the group. Aktion Club was started by Santa Fe Place, a Medicare funded community home for adults with intellectual disabilities.

"We started Aktion Club because we really wanted to try to get the people who live at Santa Fe the chance to work in the community," Smith said. "A lot of them can work but sometimes aren't given the chance to work. We want to give them the chance and opportunity to learn skills and be able to give back to their community."

The group volunteers in a variety of places throughout Moore, including the Moore Food Resource Center, Moore Faith Medical Clinic and Fresh Start Community Church. The group also has a contract with the City of Moore to clean the City Canal five days a week, and in return the members are paid for their work.

Smith said the community service has had a tremendous impact on Aktion Club members.

"I would say one of the most amazing things I've seen is the (members) have self-esteem that they didn't have before," Smith said. "A lot of them didn't know they had the capability to do certain things. A lot of people see disabled people as victims or that they need help. But Aktion Club members have been working to turn the tables around and work to help other people in the community."

Aktion Club became interested in gathering donations for Jordan's Crossing after members went on a tour of their facilities earlier this year. Smith said they liked Jordan's Crossing's involvement in the community and decided they wanted to do their part to help out.

"We realized they never have enough blankets to keep the kids warm," Smith said. "We were looking for Christmas gifts to get for the kids and we realized that it may be better to get them some of the bare necessities such as blankets, pajamas and coats."

In addition to helping mothers and their children find stability, Jordan's Crossing also guides the mothers through different programs. While the mothers and their children are staying at the facility, they have opportunities to go through classes on parenting, substance abuse, domestic violence, therapy and others.

Wynema Ra, director of Jordan's Crossing, said they are in need of several items, such as diapers, shampoo, toys and any other items a child can use.

"Our goal is to keep families together," Ra said. "We want our families to be as comfortable as possible while they stay here, and even just a little bit of help can change someone's life."

Aktion Club is accepting donations for Jordan's Crossing through the end of December and will be dropping off donations at Jordan's Crossing on Dec. 20. Tax exempt letters for donations can be provided to anyone who donates. All donations can be delivered to 1000 S Santa Fe, Building B in Moore.

For anyone interested in more information on donating or becoming a member of Aktion Club, call 405-793-1643. For more information on Jordan's Crossing, call 405-604-9644.

Jesse Crittenden366-3540Follow me @jcritt31jcrittenden@normantranscript.com

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