The Edmond Sun

January 10, 2014

$172,581 helps HOPE Center thrive

James Coburn
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Edmond shared their hard-earned money by supporting the 2013 Edmond Sun Christmas Samaritan Fund Drive benefiting the HOPE Center of Edmond.

Samaritans donated more than $172,581 during the five-week campaign. This figure tops the $165,000 campaign goal to support the local charity. It also exceeds the $161,000 that was raised during the 2012 campaign, said Allison Rathgeber, financial coordinator.

“We’re thrilled,” said Chris Sperry, executive director. “It shows their incredible generosity, especially at this time when I think a lot of people are doing with less. They’re still generous when the economy has changed.”

More than $3.25 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.

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.

HOPE, which stands for Helping Our People in Emergency, was founded in 1984 by the Edmond Ministerial Alliance, an interdenominational council of churches, and the Edmond Women’s Club, a local civic organization.

Patrons of the Samaritan Fund Drive provide nearly one-third of the HOPE Center’s annual budget. Donations continue to be received throughout the year.

“We are just very grateful,” Sperry said. | 341-2121