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Natural Disasters

Hurricane Harvey blew into Texas leaving disaster in its path. Pouring record breaking amounts of rainfall all along the coastline, Harvey sent thousands of families fleeing for safety sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. In emergency situations like a hurricane, tornado, flooding, or other natural disasters, there are always people who step in to volunteer assistance. American Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA, state and local government are all trained for such emergencies. Everyone wants to answer the call when disaster strikes. But who will be there day to day when a family has a need beyond disaster?

Helping Hands

Here in Bixby, Oklahoma that place is the Bixby Outreach Center. The Bixby Outreach Center helps families and individuals who are facing difficult circumstances in their life. Covering Bixby, Jenks, Glenpool, Leonard, Haskell, Kiefer, and Liberty Mounds the BOC is located on 77 East Breckenridge Avenue in Bixby, Oklahoma. Their motto “We are here not to offer a hand out but to offer a hand up” says it all. When a local family experiences financial hardship the BOC can help by providing food, clothing, school supplies, and someone to talk with.  The outreach center provides other services based on each family’s individual needs.  Download the Bixby Outreach Center 2017 4th Quarter Calendar here.

How To Help

You and your family may not need assistance in any of these areas but have you ever thought of how you can help others in our community? Bixby Outreach Center has several areas where you can volunteer or offer support. A few of these ways are:

  •             Donate food, clothing, or money.
  •             Organize a toy drive.
  •             Attend the BOC annual fundraiser – “Blue Jeans Ball” in September.
  •             Organize a food drive.
  •             Volunteer.

The annual fundraiser, Blue Jeans Ball, will be held September 30th in the Burns Arena located at 22209 East 181st Street in Mounds, Oklahoma. “Cowboy Chic” is the attire for this evening filled with live entertainment, dinner, a live and silent auction. Funds from this annual event will enable the center to continue to meet the needs of families in Bixby and the surrounding communities. Tickets for the event go on sale September 15th.

How To Get Help

You can watch video testimonials from volunteers and recipients of the BOC by visiting their website www.bixbyoutreach.org.  You can also connect with them on Facebook. If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or need more information about services they provide you can contact the Bixby Outreach Center by calling 918-366-9226.

Statistical Data and Resources

“Oklahoma consistently ranks as one of the hungriest states in the nation according to the 2013 USDA ERS Household Security Report.

  • 1 in 4 Oklahoma children are at risk of going to bed hungry.
  • 1 in 6 Oklahoma senior citizens struggle with hunger.
  • 16% of our statewide population is considered food insecure, leaving 632,000 Oklahomans (216,990 children) unsure where they will get their next meal.”
  • To view Quick Facts by County visit http://okfoodbank.org/about-us/hunger-county/

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Household Food Security in the United States in 2016 Report, the average for 2014-2016 Oklahomans were 15.2% food insecure and 6.3% very low food security.

To learn more about food security, please visit these other resources:

http://okfoodbank.org/events/hunger-action-month/

https://www.facebook.com/okfoodbank

https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/key-statistics-graphics.aspx/

Author: Mary Covey

Mary Covey is a long time member of Bixby’s First Baptist who volunteers her time to guest write for our blog. Mary is an expert quilter, published author, and proud grandmother.

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