Plans are continuing for Oklahomans for Independent Living’s First Annual Christmas Carnival Party, with the Friday deadline approaching for families of eligible children to register them for inclusion in the event.

The party is designed for all children who are 15 and younger who register with O.I.L. and who have an Individualized Education Plan with their school. Plans call for the children to be served a holiday meal and to receive a gift, with plans also to provide a gift to siblings who are 15 and younger.

Entertainment and activities are planned to encourage the children’s participation, according to OIL. This year the holiday meal will not be a traditional Christmas dinner, but will consist of hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

A ticket, which can be obtained through registration by a parent or guardian, is required to participate in this year’s event. The deadline to register expires at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, according to OIL. Registrations can be obtained by phoning O.I.L. at 918-426-6220, ext. 109, and speaking with O.I.L. Administrative Assistant Melinda Miller.

At the time they register, parents or guardians will be asked to give a current mailing address. Plans call for each person to receive a packet in the mail with his or her individual ticket to the Christmas Carnival.

The Children’s Christmas Carnival Party is set to begin at noon on Dec. 15 at the McAlester High School Cafeteria at 1 Buffalo Drive. An hour of games is set from noon until 1 p.m. when the hot dogs and macaroni will be served, organizers said. Following the meal, carnival games and activities are to continue until Santa begins giving gifts at 2 p.m., organizers said.

The ticket distribution plan is designed to eliminate sign-in sheets and long lines, according to organizers. Participants can present their tickets to the doorman for admission to the Carnival Party. 

Anyone who has registered and who has not received his or her tickets within five working days from the date of registration should contact Miller at O.I.L.  by phoning the 918-426-6220, ext. 109 number.