Nearly $12,000 worth of materials provided
By Ryan Horton
A recent school supply drive provided nearly $12,000 worth of supplies for Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones and McLoud students.
Monday volunteers with the Eastern Oklahoma Resource Center delivered an estimated $11,650 worth of school supplies to area schools.
Coordinators estimate the donations will help around 5,000 students at 24 different school sites.
Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Harrah, Jones, McLoud and local homeschools were served in the effort.
Volunteers gathered donations of pencils, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, paper, notebooks, glue, rulers, plastic pencil boxes, tissues, folders, Clorox wipes, hand santizer and erasers.
Items were sorted evenly between sites, boxed and taken for delivery Monday morning.
Additionally, each middle school and high school site in CNP, Harrah, Jones and McLoud was supplied with feminine hygiene products.
Coordinators say Choctaw Road Baptist Church, Choctaw Church of the Nazarene, Grace church, Choctaw United Methodist Church, Bethel Church, Dt. Tracy Gasbarra’s Family Dentistry, Elite Wellness and Jennyco Overhead Door were instrumental in collecting and distributing materials.
Additionally, a supply drive was hosted Aug. 7 at Choctaw’s Walmart Supercenter where many item donations were made including over $600 in cash used to purchase additional school materials.
EOCRC is an established nonprofit and has been actively serving the area for nearly a decade.
Volunteers have been working to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the hurting in eastern Oklahoma County. The EOCRC conducts a handful of charitable services throughout the year that provide families in need with food, school supplies and more.
Since inception, the group of volunteers have been operating out of the Choctaw Road Baptist Church, but the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is not the project of a single church and has grown to unite many groups throughout the region. A new standalone facility is under construction just east of Harper Road on NE 20th Street in Choctaw.
Organizers hope the new structure will allow for additional events and services to assist those most in need throughout eastern Oklahoma County.
For more information you can contact the Eastern Oklahoma County Resource Center at EOCRC.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or P.O. Box 1513, Choctaw, OK 73020.
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