NORMAN — A Mission Norman fundraiser last week that netted about $8,600 boosted the agency's ability to meet the needs of hungry families but fell short of an amount organizers had hoped to raise, a spokeswoman said.
“We had hoped to raise a bit more, but it's $8,600 more than we had before the fundraiser, so we're grateful,” said volunteer Linda Barnes, wife of Executive Director Gene Barnes.
The nonprofit organization at 2525 E Lindsey St. held a quilt sale and des
“The need for donations doesn't go away,” she said. “The number of families needing help seems to increase all the time.”
Typically, the charitable mission provides food for about 1,000 families a month. Barnes said that number is expected to increase this summer as children are out of school and need to be fed.
During the school year, she said, families count on school lunches to help with feeding their children.
Barnes said the organization welcomes monetary donations, which can be used to buy food from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
The agency also accepts donations of food and household goods.
Mission Norman's goal is to minister to low-
“We try to do for the community what Jesus would want us to do,” Gene Barnes said. “Jesus would not want anyone to go hungry, and neither do we.”
How to help
Food or other donations can be taken to Mission Norman in person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Monetary donations may be made in person, by mail or online at www.