Love Day

It's about showing love, giving hope and making lives brighter through service.

So far over 500 people have already signed up to volunteer as part of Claremore's inaugural Love Day.

What is it?

"Love Day 19 is a community-wide service project day for the city of Claremore. Sponsored and hosted by the people of Claremore to serve the people of the city we love. Love Day 19 service projects range from fishing with veterans to helping flood victims recover from tragic loss of property. We will be helping the elderly, single moms, widows and victims of the recent flooding," organizers shared.

"When we kicked all this off one of the visions we had was to bring a unified effort: not only the faith community but the city and non-profits, too.

This city is very near and dear to all of us. Even though I don't currently reside in Claremore…I pastor a lot of people that live here. What's important to them is important to us and is important to our father in Heaven, because this is his community, too," said Claremore pastor Mike Shields. "It doesn't matter what church you're with or what your beliefs are. This is a culmination of both city and non profits and faith-based to be the hands and feet of Christ to take care of the people here. Whether you're a senior citizen, a widow, or someone impacted by the floods. There's a lot of work to be done."

Love Day will kick off at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. The event will start and end with a rally and food in the gym at First Baptist Church.

Pastor John Ray said they will head out to start working by 7:30 a.m to beat the July heat but noted that there are both indoor and outdoor service projects for those who aren't able to spend a day in the sun.

City Manager Jim Thomas, who was credited for helping get the ball rolling by bringing the idea of a service day to a monthly pastor's meeting, said he is inspired by the amount of involvement already and hopes the event becomes an annual one.

Shields added, "We want to bring some hope to those who maybe don't have a lot of hope right now, who may not see much of a future because of the impact. Our job is to make sure they see a little hope and provide maybe a little better future for them.

Updates can be found on the Claremore Love Day 19 Facebook page.

Anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail nancyphelps@lightofhopeinc.org