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Oklahoma City-area churches offer back-to-school aid

Several Oklahoma City-area churches are conducting back-to-school giveaway events and other activities as metro-area children prepare to return to the classroom.
by Carla Hinton Modified: July 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm •  Published: July 27, 2013

The Minions of “Despicable Me” fame are set to take over OKC Faith Church, but not in a mischievous way.

The theme of the church's 11th annual back-to-school giveaway is a play off the animated film and its popular mini yellow characters.

Jamie Shirey, music minister and media relations director at OKC Faith Church, said she and several volunteers are creating 30 Minion costumes to grab the attention of children who attend the faith-themed skit that will take place at the “Feeding the 5,000” backpack and school supply giveaway planned for Aug. 10 at the church.

“We're trying to make it relevant and playing on the theme of how somebody bad becomes good — and people really love Minions,” she said.

The church's event is among several back-to-school giveaway programs scheduled at houses of worship in the metro area.

Other churches offering aid for students and their parents include People's Church, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Mount Olive Baptist, Alameda Church of Christ in Norman and Family of Faith Church in Choctaw.

Brian Rush, creative director at People's Church, said the church will host its second “Day of Hope” back-to-school event Aug. 3. The church offered identical activities at two metro high schools last year, but Rush said this year's event will be held at one school, Douglass High School.

He said the event will include free backpacks and school supplies for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, plus free dental exams and haircuts, medical exams and immunizations, along with oil changes for single mothers. Rush said about 6,000 people attended last year's activities.

“We have a huge heart for our city, and we just want to bless the city,” Rush said. “Back to school is a great time to do that.”

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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