The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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November 9, 2013

Ministry calls for winter items

ENID, Okla. — A local nonprofit with a ministry to serve the homeless is putting out the call for winter items.

Hope Outreach Homeless Ministry is gearing up for cold winter weather. Blankets, winter clothing and winter gear for the homeless are being collected.

The agency got its first major donation of the season when Riding for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry made a Nov. 2 stop at Hope Outreach Homeless Ministry, 815 S. Maine.

Gary Harms, president of the Christian motorcycle group, asked Sandie Hamilton, homeless ministry coordinator, to come out to the curb and share with them about the ministry of Hope Outreach before the group left the donations collected during a fun run that morning.

Alice Dickson, secretary of Riding For Jesus, said the group of about 20 riders come from around the Enid region. This is the eighth year the group has delivered toys to Hope Outreach. Dickson said the motorcycle group has had a special interest in helping Hope Outreach since its formation.

“The Lord was leading Gary to do this,” Dickson said.

“It is the generosity and selflessness of people and groups like Riding for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry that empowers us to help those in need,” said Matt Lohman, executive director of Hope Outreach. “We truly appreciate their hearts.”

For more information on Hope Outreach, call (580) 237-4800 or go to hopeoutreach.org.

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