Claremore Daily Progress

December 15, 2013

Less than one week left to meet Share the Spirit goal

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Going through a painful divorce, Debra recently packed up her three young children and all their possessions and moved to Rogers County to live with a family member.

Her children are 7, 3, and 2.

“Starting a new life, they are having some trouble adjusting with dad not being at home every night,” said Gloria Conaway, school-based social worker. “Mom has reached out for some help with the children through our school to provide some needed services, but the grandparents are their only resource for Christmas this year.”

A Christmas dinner basket from Share the Spirit would go a long way in helping this family during this emotionally and financially difficult time.

Less than a week remains before the deadline to raise $24,000, which will provide hundreds of food baskets for individuals and families who have signed up. Distribution day is set for Friday.

The current total stands at $11,155. With more than half still needed, your gift of any size is critical — and greatly appreciated.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Share the Spirit, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018 or dropped off at the Progress during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Canned items are also being collected.

All donations are used to purchase food in Rogers County to be given only to Rogers County residents. There is no administrative fee.

Donor names will be listed unless anonymity is requested.

Recent contributors include Edward and Marleta McGuire in memory of Charles Gish, Patrick K. McNamara, David and Judy Brown, Mildred Karpuk, Jerald and Shirley Bush, Lloyd Jr. and Michelle Crutchfield, Trudy Denis, and Betty Sue Smith and Sandra McGrew.

(Editor’s Note: The names have been changed, but the stories are real.)