The Edmond Sun

January 11, 2013

Sun, HOPE Center fundraiser meets goal

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond residents gave their generous support to the annual Edmond Sun Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive benefiting the HOPE Center of Edmond. Samaritans gave $160,575 during the six-week fundraising effort.

All of the proceeds from the Samaritan Fund Drive will allow HOPE to keep up with an increase in clients qualifying for emergency assistance. The food and clothing closet for Edmond-area residents offers a health clinic and limited emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities.

The fundraising effort met the $160,000 goal set for the fund drive. Samaritans donated $161,043 during the 2011 campaign.

“We want to be very thankful to The Edmond Sun for what they contribute,” said Chris Sperry, executive director. “Because of the generosity it doesn’t cost us anything. So all the money from the fund drive comes back for program services. That’s a huge benefit.”

More than $2.920 million in emergency assistance for those in need has been provided by the center’s generous supporters since The Edmond Sun began the Samaritan Fund Drive in 1989.

Patrons of the Samaritan Fund Drive provide nearly one-third of the HOPE Center’s budget, said Brenda Chambers, financial coordinator.

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area ranks No. 7 among metro areas with the most generous residents.