LOVE OKC and Convoy of Hope event provides food, health services

LOVE OKC partnered with Convoy of Hope and more than 1,600 volunteers Saturday to provide the community with $1 million in goods and health care services, all free of charge in Oklahoma City.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Modified: October 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012
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“This is our village, we call it our village,” said LOVE OKC Coordinator Sara Bratcher while describing her group's event Saturday at the old John Marshall High School.

LOVE OKC partnered with Convoy of Hope and many other community volunteers to provide the community with $1 million in goods and health care services all free of charge.

“We have community services and health services that are doing dental work, and Walgreens as well doing flu shots and blood pressure checks,” Bratcher said. “The dental is doing first-come, first-served teeth pulling and fillings.”

Tammie Cross, of Oklahoma City, said she heard about the event on television.

“I'm going to get the dental and vision check,” she said.

Trevon McClure was directing people into the health services tent. A member of Heartland Church in Norman, he said, “My church normally does volunteering, outreach activities, and that's how I got here today.”

Bratcher said there were more than 1,600 volunteers helping at the event.

The National Breast Cancer tent provided education for women about breast cancer.

“It's a great organization,” Bratcher said. “If you qualify there age-wise and financial-wise, then you will be treated, free mammograms, and if they find breast cancer you will be treated until you're well.”

Erika Zuniga, of Oklahoma City, was standing in line to enter the National Breast Cancer tent.

“I heard about this from my parents,” she said. “I'm just checking it out, I'm curious. This whole thing is very interesting to me.”

Zuniga said she received a phone call from her daughter's school, Northwest Classen High School, letting people know there was a bus shuttle system from all the local high schools to the event site. A phone tree system was set in place by LOVE OKC at all local schools to inform families of the event.

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