“I believe lives are being changed,” Love OKC gives back

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OKLAHOMA CITY — You can call it a ‘one-stop shop’ for community services. It’s called Love OKC.

It’s an outreach day held in Oklahoma City, and it’s all about giving back. Those who took part in the event say they left with more than they could have imagined.

Crowds of people headed to the state fairgrounds Saturday.

“This is an opportunity to serve Oklahoma city,” said a volunteer.

Some were there to get services, others were there to give.

“We have a couple of thousand volunteers here today,” one volunteer said.

It’s a one day event that’s all about love. It keeps volunteers coming back each year.

“It gives me joy to see people being served. It’s not just about us saying we are doing this. I think lives are being changed. They are being able to  get services they would never be able to get,” said a volunteer.

Love OKC offers services like physical therapy, job services, and health screenings.

“So this is a great opportunity. They come here for groceries and leave with a doctor’s appointment…end up getting a check up on things that are bothering them but they just don’t have the resources to go see a doctor,” said Deisy Escalera.

Love OKC partners with individuals, businesses, and community agencies to provide services for a day…

Whether it was lunch, a hair cut or dental work, it’s all free of charge.

“I think we’ve put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces. We’ve seen about 120 patients today,” said Dr. Stalder.

It was also a day to make memories.

“Families are getting the opportunity to get a family portrait and they have never had one before.”

That was important for Diane Lambeth.

“I brought my kids out here so they can take some family photo and spend time playing,” said Lambeth.

 

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