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FREE LOVE: Love OKC’s annual One Day event provides numerous free services to those in need

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During Love OKC's One Day event services, including haircuts, will be offered for free.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Founded in 2012, Love OKC has quietly been improving the lives of many of the Metro's residents in need, from its student conference get-togethers where kids come from all over Oklahoma to paint over 20 houses for free over the course of three days, or their participation in the OK Foster Wishes event, a program that gives Christmas presents to children in the Oklahoma foster care system. But perhaps their biggest day of the year is the annual One Day event, featuring a full day of wide-ranging free services open to anyone who is in need, no questions asked.

“Our One Day event, which is coming up, is where we partner with the community to provide a day of free services and we don’t even require an I.D.  or any kind of bill for a person to come,” Margot Genzer, Love OKC coordinator said. “We have free medical and dental services, we have physical therapists and we do basic eye-screening. We also offer free family portraits, there will be stylists giving free haircuts, we feed them lunch, have a kid’s zone with inflatables and face-painting and then everyone leaves with a box of groceries, enough to supplement a family of four for a week.”

With as many as 12,000 guests projected to show up to take advantage of this day, Genzer believes that currently in Oklahoma City, the people’s “needs are greater than we think they are,” with many families continually struggling in certain areas of the city and “people have no idea that they are having that much trouble. “

The 2017 Love OKC One Day event will be held Saturday, August 19th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds in the Oklahoma Expo Hall. All goods and services are free on the day of the outreach but are only available while supplies last. No I.D. is required.

Additionally, there is a need for volunteers ages 12 and up to help out during One Day. If you or a group are interested, contact Love OKC via this link: http://www.loveokc.com/one-day-volunteer.

“We hope that the people who have needs, we can meet some of their needs,” Genzer said. “We know that we’re not meeting all of them, but we hope that they see that God loves them, that we care and that we’re not going to turn our back on them. It’s really just about the community knowing that we love then, that there are people who really do care about what they’re going through.”

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