Claremore Daily Progress

December 13, 2013

Share the Spirit supporters provide hope through donations

Rebecca Hattaway
Staff Reporter


(Editor’s Note: The names have been changed, but the story is real.)
Lindy is a young mom who is currently going through a divorce. With four children, three of which are foster kids, she has a lot on her plate — and a lot on her mind.
Trudging through this period of adjustment and rebuilding, sometimes it feels like she’s carrying the weight of the world all by herself.
The family did have a good Thanksgiving, counting their blessings of safety, health and warmth.
But that evening, their hot water tank burst.
“Having to choose between Christmas gifts and getting the hot water tank fixed was not too hard of a choice to make,” said school-based social worker Gloria Conaway. “The children are all in elementary school and will at least get to celebrate in their classroom, but Christmas is looking pretty grim.”
Progress readers have the opportunity to offer a little joy and hope this season to Lindy and her family, and hundreds of others, through the annual Share the Spirit program which provides Christmas dinner baskets to Rogers County residents.
Just over $13,000 still needs to be raised to meet the $24,000 goal, and the Dec. 19 deadline is quickly approaching.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Share the Spirit, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018, or left at the Claremore Progress office. Canned goods are also being collected. 
Donors will be listed unless anonymity is requested. 
Recent contributors include Brooke Jones and Daley Reynolds, Johna K. and Kyle L. Haile, Wilma H. Dolle, Beth Young, Leon P. and Beverly A. Semkoff, Willie and James C. Still, Joe R. and Barbara C. Treadway, Don W. and John Ellen Armstrong, Curt and Cheryl Daniel, Alvin B. and Patty Cobb, Cliffton L. and Judy D. Braughton, Dustin Beasley, Keith E. and Christie Ballard, Paul and Jane Springer, Freedom Class — Faith Baptist Church, Mary E. Dunlap, Sue and Richard Streeter, Dorothy L. Cummins, John W. Hall, and the Claremore Ministerial Alliance.