The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 20, 2013

Many Enid groups join forces to help Vance AFB employees pay their bills

ENID, Okla. — Enid residents are banding together to help some of their own.

A food drive is under way for employees of Vance Air Force Base contractor Project Resources Inc./Del-Jen Inc., who are struggling after large cuts to their paychecks following a change in their health insurance on Jan. 1.

The problems with PRI/DJI have left some employees struggling to make ends meet.

They can’t buy food and pay all their other bills.

I Love Enid has joined forces with Garfield Masonic Lodge 501, Main Street Enid, Route 60 Sentinel, Enid Buzz, KOFM/KGWA and KNID to host the food drive for the next three weeks.

Donations of food items, as well as gift cards to local grocers and restaurants, are being sought.

Gift cards and food can be dropped off at Internationla Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 898, 1901 N. Washington, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Lola’s Boutique, 224 W. Randolph, has offered to be a drop site as well.

Cash donations may be sent to Garfield Masonic Lodge 501, P.O. Box 1501, Enid, OK 73702, Attn: Worker Relief or made online at

The drive will culminate with a drop day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at the downtown breezeway in the 200 block of West Randolph, with drawings for prizes and live music offered.

Union members will handle the distribution of food items and gift cards.

We’d encourage anyone who can to contribute to this cause. These people are suffering through no fault of their own.

We’d also again urge PRI/DJI officials to get this problem resolved now.

People are hurting, and there is no reason this issue with their paychecks should have gone on this long.

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