OKLAHOMA - Inside the downtown Harrah Ministry Center, 79-year-old Geneva Haury offers a ministry of love and hope.
With the help from Harrah’s First Baptist Church, her dedicated volunteers and her own resources, Haury organizes, shops, loads, sorts, makes grocery runs into Oklahoma City with her own gas looking for good deals and does it with a Christian spirit that makes this a place for folks to find a hand up.
Everything is free, from the groceries she stores in the back pantry to all the donated clothing hanging on the racks.
Donna Jarnagin comes here to get clothes for her grand kids.
"I don't know what people would do without it. I really don’t," Jarnagin said. "Because I see a lot of people come in here, and they help a lot of people."
Sherry Jones, one of Haury’s volunteers, nominated Haury for our Pay it 4Ward award.
“She's my role model,” Jones said with choking emotion. “When I’m her age, I hope I can be the person that she is.”
Shelby Belcher with First Fidelity’s Nichols Hills branch gave us the $400 to Pay it 4Ward.
A shocked Haury tearfully accepted the award from her friend Sherry when we surprised her at the center.
She told us her inspiration for her passion to serve others comes from her faith.
“Because Jesus says in Matthew 25, when we feed the hungry and give clothes to people, it's the same as doing for Him," Haury said. “And, he died on the cross for me, for my sins, and I can't do enough for him, for what he's done for me."
A grateful heart, Paying it 4Ward.