Our firm again helped plan and participate in the Lawyers Against Hunger food distribution event. Our associate Hugh M. Robert who helped found the organization again helped Lawyers Against Hunger raise funds for its first “Celebrate Spring” event and were able to hand out over 250 boxes of food and a ham to Tulsa area families on April 3, 2012. The Celebrate Spring event was done in April to coincide with a number of holidays that are in April and May. Partnering with the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, the combination of a ham and a pantry box was designed to help feed a family for about a week.
This is a new project for Lawyers Against Hunger as we “celebrate spring,” Robert said. “Lawyers Against Hunger is looking for new ways to feed the hungry in our state, more than just once per year. We hope doing a spring event will someday be as big as our Thanksgiving event.” We received generous support from the legal community across the nation through donations from Injury Board and their members, OAJ members, and the Tulsa County Bar who held a roast of attorney William R. “Bill” Grimm, Tulsa County Bar Association past president, and Oklahoma Bar Association past president with half the proceeds going to our event.
Tulsa again partnered with Iron Gate Ministries, a Tulsa soup kitchen to identify and screen participants of the event. Connie Cronley, Iron Gate executive director, said the spring selections were focused on getting food to families. Recipients in the spring drive were from veterans groups; Day Spring Villa; Emergency Infant Services; Youth Services of Tulsa; Veterans Administration; Veterans Administration Drug Court Tulsa Mental Health Association and Indian Health Care, Cronley said.
The ultimate goal is to continually be raising funds to help feed hunger Oklahomans year round through large events such as these and also providing grants when matching grants come available to food banks and organizations like Iron Gate.
“We are unique in fundraising because any monies raised in Tulsa stay in Tulsa,” Robert said. That also applies to campaigns in Oklahoma City and Norman. To this end, Lawyers Against Hunger partnered with Iron Gate Ministries, Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, and Emergency Infant Services to launch a campaign entitled “Live Local, Give Local” where they will empower donors to connect with local charities with the express purpose of addressing hunger.
Lawyers Against Hunger is a unique opportunity for Lawyers to give back to our communities and help address a real problem in our community. As George H.W. Bush said in his inauguration, “we are not the sum of our possessions, they are not the measure of our lives, in our hearts we know what matters, we cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, or a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen that leaves his home, his neighborhood and his town better than he found it.” I believe that as advocates, we share the same fundamental belief and understanding that we are here for a purpose and that purpose is to positively affect somebody’s life that we may never have the opportunity to meet.