Spirit Squad Helps Bring Cheer To Hungry Tulsans

Monday, November 24th 2008, 6:16 pm
By: News On 6

By Chris Howell, NewsOn6.com Video Journalist

TULSA, OK -- From the roof of the John 3:16 mission in North Tulsa, workers cannot even see the end of the line of people waiting for holiday food donations.

"It goes all the way down the block, which represents several hundred people still standing in line. Which is awesome, we get an opportunity to help them, scary that there's that many people in need," said Reverend Steve Whitaker, Director John 3:16 Mission

Reverend Whitaker says the line of hungry people is longer than it has ever been, a dramatic indication of the need for this program.

"It's really crazy this year. Every year there's a lot of need this time, this year we're in a place we've never been before, frankly," added Reverend Whitaker.

But thanks to an army of volunteers the mission is not only able meet the huge demand for Thanksgiving meals, but to greet the throngs of people with a smile.

"It's an amazing feeling to help out, these people are so gracious that we're here to help them, they keep saying ‘thank you' and ‘God bless you', so it's an amazing feeling that we're just being here means a lot to them," said Julie Hancox,  University of Tulsa Spirit Squad.

The people at the John 3:16 Mission are glad there are donations of food so they can provide to the needy, and thankful to the people volunteering their time.

"It's great to have a bunch of young, energetic pretty girls up here helping us in what is a very difficult and dark time for many people," said Reverend Whitaker.

"That's what Thanksgiving is all about, it's about giving, so being here today that's what we're trying to do, make their day better by giving of our time," explained Julie Hancox.