The Oklahoman

Food and furnishing­s giveaway set

- Carla Hinton The Oklahoman USA TODAY NETWORK

A local church will host a food and furnishing­s giveaway to kick off Black History Month.

The Rev. Derrick Scobey said the Mega Community Distributi­on set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3600 N Kelley, may well be the largest such effort the church has ever had in partnershi­p with the humanitari­an aid organizati­on World Vision.

Scobey said Saturday's distributi­on will kick off Black History Month and also honor the life and legacy of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Oklahoma's own civil rights icon Clara Luper. He said the giveaway effort is being held in collaborat­ion with the Oklahoma NAACP, led by Anthony Douglass. Scobey, who is Ebenezer's senior pastor, said three large truckloads of products, including furniture, air fryers, lawn mowers, diapers and heaters, will be distribute­d.

He said other groups joining the effort include St. Luke's United Methodist Church, which will provide food from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma that will be distribute­d.

He said a truckload of Frito Lay products from Mini Max also will be given out and Best Friends of Pets will be bringing pet food for distributi­on. The minister said Hobby Lobby is providing the trucks and drivers to help move the products to the church.

The Rev. Derrick Scobey said Saturday’s distributi­on will kick off Black History Month and honor the life and legacy of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Oklahoma’s own Clara Luper.

Serving the community

Scobey said, in keeping with the theme, members of Black fraterniti­es, sororities and groups including the Links, Black Excellence Network and other organizati­ons will be serving as distributi­on volunteers.

Scobey said volunteers are still needed, particular­ly on Friday to help with staging and sorting for the distributi­on. He said all are welcome.

For more informatio­n or an online signup link for volunteers, go to the church's Facebook page.

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