Love OKC, a non-profit organization devised by a local pastor, is once again holding its annual awareness campaign.
The one-day outreach will take place as a drive-through event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Plaza Mayor, the former Crossroads mall at 7000 Crossroad Mall.
Crystal Manu, communications director for North Church, said free groceries, pet food and items such as baby diapers will be offered to the first 1,000 families who attend the event.
Medical and dental services have been offered in community efforts in previous years, but Manu said such activities would not take place this year to limit the spread of COVID-19.
However, she said One Day was particularly happy to partner with organizations such as World Vision so that household items and items such as electric drills and small appliances such as air fryers are also distributed to families. .
“It was a real blessing to bring him back,” she said. “Through our many partnerships, we are thrilled to make this happen for the first 1,000 families who come forward.”
Manu said Reverend Rodney Fouts, Founder and Senior Pastor of North Church, had the vision for Love OKC: a faith-based, non-profit organization that would serve the needs of the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
She said that One Day Outreach is Love OKC’s biggest initiative.
“One day is the day when we come together with several organizations and churches to serve our community and help them with basic needs,” said Manu.
Families who attended previous one-day outreach events received free groceries, hairstyles, family portraits, and medical and dental services. Awareness has also offered individuals the opportunity to focus on getting a job.
One of the key elements of the event was the lack of registration or registration requirements. All the families had to show up and Manu said that would also be the case for Saturday’s drive-thru effort.
She said the typical large-scale one-day effort was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but the nonprofit ended up hosting a drive-thru event in which more than 600 families to Oklahoma City, Guthrie, and Checotah received free groceries.
The drive-thru model was adopted again for this year’s event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“For this year, we certainly had to keep the safety of our volunteers and honored guests at the forefront,” said Manu.
“We wanted to be able to bring the event back in the safest way possible while serving as many people as possible. The idea of doing it as a drive-thru event but on a larger scale was born.”
She said this year’s sponsors include: Hobby Lobby, World Vision, Feed the Children, North Church, Santa Fe South Schools, Inkling, Pet Food Pantry, Pastor Derrick Scobey and Ebenezer Baptist Church, Pastor Christine Byrd and New Life Bible Church, Saint Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, MAKO Products, American Truck Training, IBEW Local 1141 and The House FM Radio.
As in previous years, the event will offer a prayer component.
Manu said keeping face-to-face contact to a minimum will be essential during the community service effort, but that there will always be an area where volunteers will pray for and with families who wish.
Love OKC’s One Day drive-thru
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Or: Parking Plaza Mayor (former Crossroads Mall), 7000 Crossroads Mall. Follow the yellow and black signs.
Cost: To free.