A hair cut, family portrait, a bottle of shampoo — these are things many take for granted. But for the thousands of Oklahomans living paycheck to paycheck, unemployed or even homeless, these things are almost luxury items.
A faith-based organization wants to help with that, and wants you to get involved, too.
LOVE OKC, for the second year, will host ONE DAY, an outreach day for Oklahomans in need. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the group, along with thousands of Oklahoma volunteers, will offer a range of services, all for free. The event will be held at Oklahoma Expo building at State Fair Park and the group hopes to serve more than 10,000 people.
“Volunteers will provide basic health screenings in a medical service area, community and social services, a job fair, hair cuts, family portraits, lunch that day, and a kids zone area,” said Sara Bratcher, outreach director for LOVE OKC.
While supplies last, each family also will be given a 25-pound box of food and a personal care toiletry box.
To produce the event, LOVE OKC is partnering with Feed The Children, the Oklahoma State Fair and Oklahoma City Public Schools.
The group relies on hundreds of local volunteers to make its outreach events happen. All health care providers, hair stylists and other service providers are volunteers, along with the people administrating and coordinating the event. All told, last year's event included help from about 2,000 volunteers, Bratcher said. About 6,500 people were served that day.
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