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Norman man finds cause to embrace

Johnnie Mitchell, of the Norman Veterans Center, helps with annual diaper drive.
BY SARA WILSON Published: January 5, 2013

“The baby pantry is supported 100 percent by the community and through drives, like Johnnie Mitchell's.”

Having completed an extra summer diaper drive, Mitchell wrapped up a fourth event on Dec. 19, weighing in with more than 2,300 diapers, 1,500 baby wipes, nine cans of formula and dozens of handmade stocking caps and blankets.

Excited about how the project has evolved, Mitchell said, “Now I love doing this for CCFI and I just can't stop. It's what I do now.”

That's not the only thing that's evolved.

Mitchell proudly walks down the halls with a cane instead of a wheelchair, a smile instead of a sad stare.

He recalls how he's moved on from his depression to having something to look forward to every year.

“I just like helping people,” he said.

Sara Wilson is communications specialist for the Center for Children & Families.