Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Tulsa agency thanks volunteers


At Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa on the day before Thanksgiving, dozens of volunteers will prepare and distribute more than 600 food baskets to families in crisis. Almost 7,900 pounds of food will be given.

Each 21-ingredient basket includes a turkey and all the trimmings – from fresh produce to dessert. So that the United Methodist-affiliated agency can properly serve them, families register during the first two weeks of November to receive the food.

Volunteers for the 2014 Thanksgiving project included groups from UM churches: New Haven and First, in Tulsa, and Heritage and First, in Broken Arrow.

"Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Restore Hope Ministries has been providing Thanksgiving baskets to families in crisis for almost 30 years," said Executive Director Jeff Jaynes.

"Far too many Tulsans worry about how they will feed their children today, let alone prepare a special holiday meal. In fact, over 90 percent of Tulsa school students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches."

Rev. Jaynes said many families assisted by Restore Hope "just need a little extra help when unexpected events or expenses arise. We are here to give them a hand up when they’ve stumbled, to restore hope that a better day is possible."


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