Church program needs coats, blankets for community's needy
We are calling for coats and blankets, and maybe it's the 80 degree heat, but we aren't getting much as yet.
While it's hard to believe today is November first and winter is coming, and that means the holidays are fast approaching. This community has always been one to rally around those whose needs are greater than their own, and there are two different drives going on that need your help.
On Nov. 19, Faith-Based Church is having its annual Thanksgiving Give-Away, with grocery bags and a limited number of turkeys and hams to be given to the people who might not otherwise be able to provide a nice holiday meal for their families. Many volunteers are working to raise over 1,000 each of various canned goods and groceries, and I understand there is a shortage for most every item, but stuffing is perhaps needed the most. In past years, over 1,200 people have been served at this event.
If you'd like to donate canned goods, you can drop off at either Faith-Based Church at 1105 SW F or Salas Urban Cantina. And, of course, don't forget that money is always the gift that keeps on giving.
The Give-Away is taking place at a different location this year, out west of town by Republic Paperboard off Lee Boulevard at 601 SW Ard in a warehouse provided by Fort Sill National Bank. Volunteers are working to find vehicles for shuttle service from Faith-Based Church, but those who make the drive will find that it's worth going the distance.
Volunteers are always needed and are asked to be there at 8 a.m. The Give-Away will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteering can be a wonderful family activity, by the way. Start those kids early.
The second drive is the coat and blanket drive. This is another annual event that the community has gotten behind for years. Donations for new and gently used coats and blankets are taken at any Burger King, Fort Sill Federal Credit Union and Salas Urban Cantina. The coats and blankets will be distributed on Nov. 19, and again on Christmas Eve, at St. John's Baptist Church at the annual holiday meal that has gone on there for years, again with the help of many, many volunteers from the community.
The Christmas Eve Meal is another place that needs volunteers, and kids are welcome to help (with their parents' supervision).
I know money seems to be tight right now and there may be a bit of an election freeze going on. But if you're so inclined, give what you can with a glad heart ... the rewards are big. Most of us have coats and blankets in the closet we are no longer using. Message me at the email address below or call 580-357-1600 if you have donations you need picked up.
Every year the players change a little bit, but the needs in this community aren't going away. A hearty thank you in advance to the groups, schools, businesses and individual volunteers who are committed to helping our neighbors.
Can you help?