The Edmond Sun

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December 2, 2011

OUR VIEW: HOPE needs your help

EDMOND — Stories like the one shared by Oneka Parker on page A1 of Saturday's Edmond Sun are both troubling and uplifting at the same time. It’s a stark realization that so many Edmond residents find themselves in crisis and in need of basic, everyday supplies. But it’s a blessing to know that someplace like the nonprofit HOPE Center exists to help residents like Parker.

The Edmond Sun is in its 22nd year of sponsoring the Samaritan Fund Drive. This fundraising program has a goal of $160,000 this year, which represents about one-third of the HOPE Center’s budget. Last year, Edmond Samaritans donated $173,715, exceeding the goal in one of the toughest economic years seen in this city in the past three decades. It typifies the generosity of those who call Edmond their home.

There are many extraordinary services provided by the HOPE Center to those in need in our community. More than 1,000 students received free school supplies this year as an example. Those who struggled to pay this summer’s sky-high utility bills brought on by record-breaking temperatures found solace at the HOPE Center. Others who are going hungry find succor at HOPE.

We are grateful to live in a community that so graciously supports this social agency who is a guiding beacon of light to so many.

There are several ways to give during the five-week campaign, which began at Thanksgiving and ends at Christmas. Send checks to HOPE Center at 1251 N. Broadway, Edmond, OK, 73034 or make a secure online donation at www.hopecenterofedmond.com or call 348-1340. As you consider how best to give back this year, we respectfully ask that you consider the HOPE Center, where 100 percent of donations go back into the community, as your first choice.

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