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FOR RELEASE: November 9, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Celebrate Oklahoma’s Family Week, November 21-27

The Oklahoma Family Resource Coalition (OFRC) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Guidance Service recognize the role of families as the basic building blocks of society and encourage everyone to support healthy family life and values. Both organizations have joined together to sponsor Oklahoma's Family Week, Nov. 21-27. This year’s theme is “Helping Hands.”

Activities during the week will focus on issues central to the core health of the family such as stressing the importance of family tradition, raising the awareness of how to keep families strong, encouraging family and community interdependence, and addressing work and family issues. The week encourages people to find renewed strength and inspiration in the celebration of their families.

Suggested family activities include collecting food items for your community food pantry, baking cookies together and delivering them to elderly neighbors, working together on fall yard clean-up (don't forget to jump in the leaves), and each family member helping with the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner.

“During Family Week, let's remember the importance of families for each of us, as well as our community, our state, and our nation. Let us all reach out with ‘Helping Hands’ to support and strengthen Oklahoma families,” said OSDH Family Week Chairperson Donna S. Jones.

For more information, contact OFRC Family Week Chairperson, Donna Jones, at the Adair County Health Department, (918) 696-7292.

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