By Tonya Little
Midwest City Beacon
The Midwest City Rotary Club, including the Junior Rotary Club from Carl Albert, helped spread the holiday cheer by hosting the families of the Leah’s Hope program to provide them with a Christmas celebration Tuesday night at Crest Baptist Church in Midwest City.
Leah’s Hope is a 12-month transitional housing program who serves women in crisis who are either homeless or facing homelessness by providing housing and resources to help them get back on their feet again. Their goal, according to Executive Director Brittany Hussain, is to help the women get on a path to stability, be able to reenter the community and then be able to give back to the community in whatever way they can.
The event included dinner, crafts, holiday photo opportunities for the families, a visit with Santa and gifts for both the kids and the mothers in the program. The kids had a great time running from craft to craft, listening to a Christmas story while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate, and opening gifts that Santa delivered to them. The Junior Rotary club organized the crafts projects and helped the kids with the crafts.
“I like it because I like to help other people, it makes my heart feel good and makes me happy, it’s like my favorite thing and the whole reason I applied for the club,” said Kylie Green, a junior at Carl Albert High School.
The Rotary Club has been hosting this event for decades, partnering with Leah’s Hope with the desire to service kids in the community at Christmas time and be able to give them a great Christmas.
“They have been an amazing partner and they have served our program well. I think this event shows really the spirit of Christmas. I think our Rotarians and Junior Rotarians are just really showing the love, what this season is all about, the love of Christ, being able to celebrate that together. I really just want the community to know how great their community is and how great the Midwest City Rotary is, and how well they are taking care of our ladies,” said Hussain.
You can find out more information about Leah’s Hope and their fundraising opportunities to build their own 12-unit housing facility on their website at Leahshope.org.