PRYOR, OK —
As the holiday season is winding down, many Mayes County residents are taking inventory of the things, and people, around them. For many, a traditional holiday would not have been possible without the help of Pryor Ministries Center.
The center, located in Pryor, serves Mayes County by providing essential items like food, clothing and toiletries to those most in need.
“Saturday morning I took a bunch of clothes, toys, shoes, etc. up to the Ministry Center and I was absolutely floored at the number of people there gathering food and clothes for their families. I consider myself somewhat “in the know” about most things that go in on this community, but that place reaches a segment of the population most of us don't realize is there. Especially around the holiday season, they are helping folks that are in desperate need,” said Pryor City Council member Greg Rosamond.
In fact, the Pryor Ministries Center served approximately15,000 individuals this past year.
In 2012 the center served 5,491 families and 16,205 individuals. In 2011, the numbers were 4,526 families and 13,785 individuals. One year prior, in 2010, the center served 4,389 families and 12,847 individuals.
This year has been much the same.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, the center served 208 people in just under three hours.
It takes a lot of resources to meet the needs of that many.
“The holiday season brings out the best in all of us,” said Valerie Albert, Center Director. “But PMC is in constant need of food and monetary donations as well as volunteers.”
The center needs everything from coats to non-perishable food items. Families come in for everything from toothpaste to basic food staples. Volunteers are needed to help out with everything from stocking shelves and straightening clothes to assisting families in collecting their items.
“In the past, we have only had volunteers three days a week during the daytime operation hours. Now, for the convenience of our volunteers, we are expanding the volunteer opportunities,” said Albert. “Basically, if you have a desire to volunteer, get in touch with us and we will work something out.”
Albert said the center needs volunteers of all kinds.
“No matter what your passion, whether you want to come as an individual or a group, we’ll find a place for you,” said Albert.
With the holiday behind us and New Year's resolutions looming, perhaps Mayes County residents can resolve to volunteer their time and resources to helping out their own.