The Edmond Sun

October 9, 2013

Harvest for HOPE to kick off food drive

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — After you watch the Oklahoma State Cowboys and/or the Oklahoma Sooners play football you can make a difference in Edmond Saturday evening.

Since 1984, the HOPE Center of Edmond, 1251 N. Broadway, has been providing assistance to members of the community. The organization’s name is its mission: Helping our People in Emergencies. Combined support of many churches, businesses and individuals means the organization has the resources to provide food, clothing and utility assistance from a single community agency.

Madeline Decker, a member of the teen advisory board of the HOPE Center of Edmond, said Harvest for HOPE is a benefit concert related to the board’s annual food drive.

Decker said the board, which consists of students from high schools in Edmond and Deer Creek, organized earlier this year. Decker, an Edmond North senior, said members have learned about the continuing need for food distribution locally from HOPE Center Executive Director Chris Sperry.

In 2012, the HOPE Center helped more than 20,000 people and 6,300 families with needs including rent, food, prescriptions, transportation, utility payments, clothing and household items. Items currently needed include peanut butter, canned meats, boxed meals and cans of hearty soups. Volunteers are needed to help stock pantry shelves.

“Please come and help us make our food drive a great success,” Decker said.

Harvest for HOPE, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Plunkett Park on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, will feature two Edmond bands: Chrome Discus, which focuses on creativity while playing anything from very heavy metal to soft floaty acoustic tunes, and Jon O’Neal & the Rumours, a catchy blues-rock band.

Admission is either two canned goods or $5. The money will be used to buy more cans for the HOPE Center. Volunteers will also be selling refreshments, with proceeds benefiting the agency.

Donations of food, clothing and household items are always accepted by the HOPE Center of Edmond. Donation hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday. The HOPEfully Yours resale shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 348-1340 or visit | 341-2121, ext. 108