Local organization to hold event to help kids to get adopted

WICHITA FALLS - A local organization formed several years ago, is hoping to encourage families to think about adoption in a different way. 

The Heart Gallery's goal is to try and help find forever homes for children. Organizers with The Heart Gallery say the hardest kids to get adopted are the older ones, and they're hoping to open family's hearts with portraits of kid's waiting to be adopted. 

The Heart Gallery of the greater Wichita Falls area is hosting an exhibit to better connect abused or neglected children who are available for adoption with loving forever families.

S.J. Tuohy, the real-life brother of Michael Oher from the movie 'The Blind Side' is the guest speaker at the event next Sunday to talk about his experience through adoption.

The Heart Gallery Committee Chair Keri Goins says this is the first time they've brought in a guest speaker from out of town.

"One of the biggest things that people kind of have to overcome in their minds a lot of times is how adoption will affect their biological children," Goins said. "So S.J. is going to talk about what it was like for him to adopt Michael Oher into his family."

Tuohy is now an Assistant Director of Football Operations at the University of Arkansas. 

"I really got into this profession because I enjoy trying to give kids and student-athletes in my case an opportunity to succeed whether that be career, life or whatever that might be and I think nothing does that more than being in a home and being in a family," Tuohy said.

Tuohy says it feels like Oher has always been apart of his life and can't remember a time without him. 

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on February 18, and it is free to the public at First Baptist Church Wichita Falls.

VIP tickets are available for $25 which includes food and event seating. 

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