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OKLAHOMA CITY—Thousands of volunteers and residents across Oklahoma City braved the cold temperatures to enjoy a fun event for the whole family.

Love OKC and The Convoy of Hope teamed up with other local businesses to provide $1 million worth of goods and services to those in need.

Residents were able to get groceries, haircuts and consultations with health care professionals all free of charge.

Organizers say they hope it will be the first step in the right direction for many of those receiving help.

Sara Bratcher, event coordinator, said, “There are a lot of people in this community, in this area, who don’t have food, who don’t have groceries, who don’t know about health care services that are free, who don’t know that there, maybe, is an agency out there that can help them. Or maybe can’t afford a family portrait, you’ve never had a family portrait before; someone who can’t afford a haircut, who has 4 or 5 kids and can’t afford to get their kids’ hair cut. We are here to serve them.”

Rep. James Lankford said, “What’s fun about it is to see neighbors taking care of neighbors, neighbors meeting each other and meeting human needs, meeting spiritual needs. Not only do they come out here and get the chance to get medical information, get flu shots, get basic screenings but to also get food. They’ll have someone sit down and pray with them and interact with their family; spiritual needs as well. So it’s the whole person, it’s not just trying to deal with ‘here’s a bag of food.’ It’s the whole person, body, soul, mind and spirit. “

More than 35,000 pounds of groceries were handed out to families Saturday.

Organizers say they hope to make this an annual event.