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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 Modified: October 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012

“We have family portraits; you can come and have free family portraits,” Bratcher said.

Standing outside of the portraits tent were two volunteers from Victory Church in Oklahoma City — Wes Berlin and Danny Welch.

“I like to volunteer, so I showed up today,” Welch said.

Next to the portraits tent was a tent for haircuts. Anyone could receive a free haircut from local hairdressers simply by taking a number and waiting for it to be called.

Gena Taylor, of Moore, attended the event with three of her children.

“We came to this tent first, to get my kids' hair cut.”

And there was food and entertainment.

“We have our entertainment section and food services,” Bratcher said. At the food tent, people could pick up a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookies, water and coffee. The food was provided by a variety of donors.

Food tent team leader Chris Harris said more than 40,000 cookies were donated.

Event organizers also provided food for the soul.

“Across the fence we have our kids' zone, next to our kids' zone is our connections tent where people can go for prayer if they need it,” Bratcher said.

LOVE OKC purchased 70,000 pounds of groceries from Convoy of Hope's warehouse in Springfield, Mo., which equaled about 5,000 grocery bags of food for attendees to take home.

Convoy of Hope Outreach Director Darwin Boston worked with Bratcher about nine months to organize Saturday's event.

“Convoy of Hope started a 50 State Compassion Tour in May with a goal of arriving in all states and major cities within to feed citizens through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing,” Boston said.