Operation Comfort and Joy is an OU staff assistance program, managed by the OU Organizational Staff Council (OSC). . This program’s mission is to help University employees in need during the holiday season (and throughout the year). From paying the light bill to helping a struggling family with holiday gifts for a child, Operation Comfort and Joy has been supporting OU staff members year after year.

In the spirit of giving and the holidays, OU provided a list of OU employees that are needing assistance this year and is facilitating donations through Venmo.  Some of the employee stories from other anonymous OU employees are listed below.

If you want to help spread comfort and joy to some of these OU families this holiday season, please donate by Friday, December 14 by credit card, debit card, or bank account – Venmo app or venmo.com @ OSC-OU

STAFF 1:  Mother of daughters (ages 13, 17 & 20), working two jobs. She is the family’s sole financial support system. Needs gift cards for food, gas, and winter clothes for daughters, sizes available upon request.

STAFF 2: Recently off work due to own medical reasons, she is struggling financially and any assistance with bills, good or gas would be appreciated.

STAFF 3: This staff member has been overwhelmed with car problems, assisting her adult child with medical issues, and has two other children, ages 14 girl & 17 boy. Needs assistance with groceries, holiday gifts for the kids, and other expenses.

STAFF 4: Husband was in auto accident and off work. Mother of 4 children, ages 5 girl, 12 boy, 15 girl, & 16 girl. Needs assistance with holiday gifts for the kids.

STAFF 5: Mother of 6 children, ages 4 girl, 7 girl, 9 boy, 10 girl, 12 girl, & 13 girl. She is the family’s sole financial support system. Needs assistance with warm clothing, sizes available upon request.

STAFF 6: Wife has had serious medical issues and now have a large amount of medical bills. Father of two, aged 3 girl & 7 boy. Needs assistance with child care, car payment, and holiday gifts for the kids.

STAFF 7: Mother of three daughters with two still living in her home, ages 8 & 17. This staff member is working two jobs and her husband is off work due to an illness. Needs assistance with bills and holiday gifts for the kids.

STAFF 8: This staff member has two daughters and one granddaughter living her in her home. She is currently the family’s sole financial supporter. Needs assistance with groceries and warm clothing, sizes available upon request.

STAFF 9: Mother of 4 boys, ages 3, 5, 10, & 11, husband is disabled. Needs assistance with plumbing issue, groceries and warm clothing, sizes available upon request.

STAFF 10: Custody of 5 grandchildren, ages 6 girl, 7 girl, 7 boy, 10 boy, & 11 boy. This family is struggling financially. Needs assistance with holiday gifts for the kids, groceries, and warm clothing, sizes available upon request.

OSC President, Marissa Pierson at mpierson@ou.edu.

Skye Uhlenhake, PEAK Coordinator – Office of Human Resources, (405) 325-5604 – skye.lynn@ou.edu or peak@ou.edu

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