ORU Collects 10,300 Canned Goods at Fall Outreach 2010
Over 750 students went door to door to collect canned goods to donate to the hungry and needy in Tulsa
On Halloween night, over 750 students from Oral Roberts University (ORU) went door to door all over the city and collected approximately 10,300 canned goods to give to the hungry in Tulsa. The canned goods collected from the students will be donated to three different organizations for food distribution: John 3:16 Mission, the Salvation Army, and the South Tulsa Community House.
Malnourishment due to a lack of resources is a reality all over the world, even in the United States. One of every five children is at risk for the possibility to go hungry every night. According to the USDA, Oklahoma is the fourth hungriest State in America. The need in Tulsa is evident and ORU students worked to help meet that need.
The three organizations receiving the canned food donations work diligently to improve communities and help the needy in Tulsa. John 3:16 Mission serves an average of more than 500 meals each day to the homeless and at-risk of Tulsa. The Salvation Army is an international humanitarian organization that feeds thousands of people during the holidays. The South Tulsa Community House is an ORU-run outreach that serves the immediate Peoria neighborhood to qualified TANIFF and Section 8 housing district residents.
ORU mission teams and dormitory floors rallied at Christ's Chapel and each went on a specific route determined by the Outreach Department. The teams of students traveled to their assigned neighborhoods and collected cans from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Once the teams returned and unloaded the cans the Outreach Department staff counted the number of canned goods and loaded them into vans to be donated to the organizations.
Approximately 735 families will be fed because of the canned good donations collected by ORU students.