Thumbs up to Gini Zaloudek and her WildHorse Gang for making a difference in the town of Kremlin and its younger residents who are part of the gang for nearly three decades.

WildHorse Gang, established 1992, is a Christian volunteer community organization for youths. Meetings are held during the school year on the first Tuesday of every month at Zaloudek’s home.

“Kids were doing a lot of things in Kremlin, breaking into houses and garages,” she said. “I didn’t think it mattered to me until they stole a 5-gallon bucket of golf balls I practiced with. Having done so much volunteer work, I decided it would be something good to do with kids: Teach them to do something else.

“And,” she said, “it worked.”

The aim was to get Kremlin’s kids out in the community, doing good, and keep them too busy to get into any shenanigans. Great work, WildHorse Gang!

More thumbs up to McKinley Elementary School’s “Cool 2 Be Kind Students Against Bullying” club for hosting a recent downtown march.

The march was the first Association of People Against Bullying – Cool 2B Kind chapter march in Enid, but club sponsor Shelly Hocking said she hopes to make it an annual event.

Hocking, who is a therapist at Youth & Family Services of North Central Oklahoma and counselor at McKinley, said the club started last school year, and this year has blossomed into a 20-member, student-led organization.

The club aims to reduce bullying by raising awareness, she said, and reduce its negative effects, which can be as severe as death.

To donate, become a partner or for information, contact Hocking at (580) 484-1695 or via email shocking@yfs.org.

Last, but not least, thumbs up to Enid dentists for volunteering to help treat more than 1,200 patients in need, during the 11th annual Oklahoma Mission of Mercy on Feb. 7-8 in Stillwater.

The event, which provides free dental screenings and care to all in need, served 1,243 patients with about $1.48 million of donated dental care.

Enid residents and Oklahoma Dental Association members Carrie Chastain, Megan Darrow, Christopher Fagan, Tim Fagan, James Mabry, Daulton Roberts, Erin Roberts, Omer Sanabria and Sydney Rogers were among the dental professionals who generously donated dental services at the event.

A sizable group of Enid patients went to the free clinic, thanks to bus transportation provided by Enid Salvation Army, Forgotten Ministries and fuel provided by United Way of Enid & Northwest Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Mission of Mercy is hosted in a different city each year. The 2021 event will be Feb. 12-13 in Shawnee.

Donations for the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy dental clinic are accepted at www.okmom.org.

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