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Oklahoma City families express gratitude for holiday food

Families share their gratefulness for the Jesus House Thanksgiving food giveaway in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012

“I feel blessed that I got one,” she said. “I needed it, and it will be put to good use because we have a big family.”

Meeting the need

Rick Denny, the shelter's executive director, said the law firm GableGotwals donated 88 turkeys to the shelter Tuesday afternoon.

Tom Gruber with the law firm said the donation amounted to an estimated 1,200 pounds of turkey.

“This is a joyous time of the year, and we thought we ought to give back to the community,” he said.

Gruber said the law firm has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and includes about 72 attorneys.

Denny said the shelter gave out about 350 Thanksgiving baskets on each day of its three-day holiday meal giveaway last year. He said the need has increased this year, with an estimated 400 grocery baskets to be given out Wednesday and 400 given away each of the previous two days.

Denny said he did not know why the need seemed greater this year.

“For each person in line, there's a different story. We try not to get into all that,” he said. “If we see a need, we want to fill it.”

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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