OBA Members Give Back
OBA members are extremely charitable, especially during the holiday season. Below are several stories about our members giving back to their communities.
McIntyre Law partnered with the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Lawyers Fighting Hunger to host the seventh annual Day of Kindness in Oklahoma City and Live Local, Give Local in Tulsa. From the donations of 102 law firms or individual attorneys they were able to distribute nearly 7,000 turkeys to Oklahoma families in need and fed more than 4,000 hungry people with hamburgers, hot dogs and other treats throughout the day.
The McCurtain County Bar Association donated money to McCurtain County Christmas Council, Hand-to-Hand food pantry, Idabel Main Street Program, Idabel Chamber of Commerce, the Forest Heritage Center and the Museum of the Red River.
Justice Noma Gurich, Martin Ozinga, Judge Don Andrew, Jim Vogt, Chris Tytanic, retired Judge John Amick, Bill Price, Hassan Essaili and the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma sponsored a party for special needs children attending Oklahoma public schools and provided two gifts for more than 80 students. They also ring the bell for the Salvation Army. Justice Noma Gurich has been doing it for so long she even owns her own bell!
Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison Lewis lawyers participated in this year’s Lawyers Fighting Hunger meal distribution. They also donated more than 1,000 canned food items to the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, hosted an angel tree and purchased gifts for 30 children and collected money from employees wearing jeans throughout the month of December which will be donated to Mission John 3:16 to feed the hungry.
OBA Workers’ Compensation Section donated $2000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which feeds more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of which are children.
Kerry McReynolds Bailey established a charitable corporation that operates a food bank. She assembled 85 Thanksgiving food baskets and delivered the baskets to families in McCurtain County and also plans to distribute Christmas food baskets.
OBA Energy and Natural Resources Section and Environmental Law Section each donated $1,000 to the YWCA’s Oklahoma City Santa’s Store, which provides YWCA clients and their kids with new toys, clothes and other gifts.
The West Law Firm for the eight year in a row has purchased winter coats for children and adults, which were then
through the Salvation Army in Shawnee. This year, an estimated 300 coats and 79 pairs of gloves were purchased. In total, the firm has now donated 2,037 coats to those in need.