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Love OKC Convoy of Hope
A tour across the country to help people in need makes a stop in Oklahoma City.
The faith-based, non-profit group Love OKC partnered with Convoy of Hope to donate over a million dollars in free goods and services to people this weekend.
"There are no words to explain how I feel to see all these people come out. I mean, it is just awesome," says Anita Kindred, a volunteer.
"I'm so blessed to be a part of this," says Sara Bracher, the event organizer.
"God's working miracles and break-throughs here in Oklahoma City! Woohoo!" shouts another volunteer, Shannon Hart.
Over ten-thousand people showed up at John Marshall High School for the event. Over 16-hundred volunteers offered them everything from free hair cuts to food.
"There's over 70-thousand pounds of groceries that we had delivered here," says Bratcher. Thanks to Feed the Children, each adult left the event with two bags of groceries.
"I was told yesterday that we're the fourth hungriest state in the Nation," says Hart.
"In our food service area today, we have prepared over 25-thousand hotdogs" says Bratcher. "We want to make sure they go home fed."
"It's an awesome feeling to see the children when they get a big bag of m&m's and groceries," says Kindred.
Throughout the day, volunteers took family portraits, gave hair cuts, helped people find jobs and offered medical services-- everything from free dental exams to breast cancer screenings.
"I see a lot of people who are looking for resources to help them stay healthy," says Daniel Truong, a 2nd year med student at OU.
Organizers say they researched locations for the event, and the area at 91st and Mckinley was the most in need.
"I'm getting food for my family, getting some exams, but more than that, I need prayer," says Anthony Frazier, who attended the event.
"There's a lot, a lot of people (here). It's really opened my eyes up to the needs that we have in Oklahoma City," says Hart.
Organizers say the event is about people helping people, giving hope and letting folks know they're special. "Maybe they get a new hair cut and it makes them feel better about themselves. Maybe they go through the community service area and they find an agency or a service that they didn't know existed, or maybe they find a job!" says Bratcher.
Posted: Saturday, October 6 2012, 10:10 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Judge orders Okla. pastor to trial on murder count
May 25, 2013 19:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge says the pastor of an Oklahoma City church must stand trial in the shooting death of his son-in-law.
Fifty-three-year old Michael Elder is charged in the death of 27-year-old Gary Davidson last February. Davidson was married to Elder's daughter.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/16Wg62Z ) that Judge Ray C. Elliott on Friday ordered Elder to stand trial after Davidson's wife and girlfriend each told different stories. April Davidson said she feared for her life while fighting with Davidson in the front seat of a pickup truck. Judith Chism said Davidson was trying to exit the truck from a rear seat when he was shot.
Defense lawyers have argued Davidson fired the gun in self-defense.
Elder is senior pastor at The Cross Baptist Church. He was being held without bail.
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