Non-Profit Hosts NYE Party For Recovering Addicts In Rogers County
CLAREMORE, Oklahoma - Thanks to the non-profit organization, Light of Hope, recovering addicts will have a unique place to ring in the new year.
Layla Freeman, the founder of Light of Hope, organized a large party at the Claremore Convention Center for everyone to attend but specifically targeting those who are in the recovery process.
“We want to show them they can do something that is with other people, like-minded, same goals, same path, moving forward in life, “Freeman said hours ahead of the event Monday night.
Freeman tells News on 6 she’s expecting about 200 people to attend. Some of the attendees are with AA and NA.
Kristal Carpenter who battled an opioid, meth and heroin addiction for 26 years will be among those celebrating at the Claremore Convention Center this NYE.
“The cool thing about this event is that it's a way for the disconnected to feel connected with the community,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter is now five years sober and says this is such a great opportunity for those who are in recovery to be together in a sober atmosphere, “It's safe, it's fun it's a way for people to spend a good time with their children, it's a way for family members to come together.”
The event will feature games, food, a live DJ and hourly prizes. Light of Hope hopes that this will become an annual event. Freeman says the support has been overwhelming in Rogers County.
“We have been so blessed by the community. All the sponsorships we've able to have. We've been able to purchase gifts and gift cards to give out every 15 minutes we will be giving away two or three gifts,” Freeman said.