Hundreds of volunteers braved the cold temperatures Thursday to give some assistance to clients of the Hope Housing Authority.

Recipients were pre-qualified to receive a 25-pound box of food and a 15-pound box of personal items. There were 400 families who were assisted Thursday at Cameron Stadium.

Rebecca Blay, with the Feed the Children Organization, said that 5,000 Oklahoma families were helped in 2018 and nationwide, that number bloomed to 15,000.

“We are in the ‘No Hunger Holidays’ campaign right now,” Blay said.

Volunteers from Cameron University were abundant and they appreciated the fact that they were able to help someone who needed it.

“This is our first year to help with this project and we’re all enjoying it,” said Kyle Fultz, assistant coach for the Cameron baseball team. “I’m from Lawton and am happy to help the citizens of my hometown.”

Linda Phillips, registrar at Cameron University, was there, braving the cold.

“We have about 20-25 students and faculty out here helping load vehicles,” she said. “We’re glad we could do something for the Lawton community.”

The Cameron ROTC Foundation of Officership class was also present.

“Our students are helping and the giving is coming from their hearts,” Georgia Felder, recruiter and professor at Cameron, said. “They are also getting extra credit for helping out, but it is coming from their heart and their desire to help others, too. I am proud of them.”

Blay called the event a success.

“The whole thing was so orderly and everyone came through the line of cars smoothly,” Blay said. “I want to thank everyone for participating in this great cause.”

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