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faxes and, now, emails—could cement a grant in a matter of hours if needed. Like one approved in 1996 that Jim Brown, a founding member of the OEC Foundation board, will never forget. “I got called because the woman knew me,” he


recalls. “She had exhausted her [financial] resources in a custody battle, but the child had been taken illegally out of state. Authorities had located the child, but it meant traveling—quickly. By 5 p.m. the next day, she was on her way. “It feels so good, because, over the years, we’ve


solved so many problems like that.” Brown and his wife, Annette, have received local


and national recognition for the altruistic endeavors they spearhead in the Maguire Community, east of Noble. “We could not have done all we do without the support of Operation Round Up,” he said, but those words echo back, for Operation Round Up could not do all it has done if it wasn’t for Brown’s endeavors and those representing other groups with whom we partner. “Like Jim, each of us remembers specific grants to


individuals or families that were especially rewarding,” said Vivian Gibson, president of the Foundation board.


“How do you forget the 90-year-old woman who packed tissue in an ill-fitting set of dentures that had been broken and glued back together? It becomes personal.” While it is more difficult to put a face on grants


awarded to organizations, Gibson said it shouldn’t undervalue those donations. “Te impact of our dollars is multiplied when we partner with other nonprofit service agencies, community groups and local governments,” she said. She points to grants to senior centers and rural volunteer fire departments, entities that help ensure the health and safety of our communities. “Tese are investments from which we all benefit.” Marsha Blair, town administrator for the Town


of Slaughterville and a 26-year veteran of the city’s volunteer fire department, backs Gibson’s claim. “Te Insurance Services Office (ISO) collects


information and evaluates our fire-protection services, which it uses to assign a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating,” said Blair. “We were able to achieve a two-point improvement in the department’s PPC rating—and the direct result was lower premiums for homeowners insurance for everyone in the incorporated area. Operation Round Up grants have helped provide the equipment, gear and water supply system that contribute to our ability to successfully improve our response times and lower our


$225 clothing grant helps single mom-to-be


transform her life By Anonymous but Grateful Alone, pregnant and scared. Tat’s


how this single mom, now a self-sufficient professional woman, recalls feeling when, at 22, she reluctantly sought an Operation Round Up grant to help her prepare for a better life for herself and her unborn child. Tat woman was me. By night I delivered pizzas to pay the


bills. (I did this into my eighth month.) By day, I enrolled in a program at Moore- Norman Technology Center to learn the computer skills and networking tools necessary to be successful in today's office place and help me along the road of independence. One of the requirements of the program was to come to class dressed professionally as if you were going to work. For me, that meant a closet full of clothes I didn’t have and couldn’t afford. Tis requirement was like giant bump on my already rocky road. After I had exhausted all other


options—family help, thrift stores, etc.— my instructor told me about the OEC Foundation. I wasn’t convinced my need was important enough to take money away from other good deeds, but my instructor convinced me otherwise. She reminded me that I was bettering my life in preparation to give life—there is nothing more important. I was awarded $225, which today


doesn’t sound like a lot, to purchase professional apparel. It gave me more than clothes to wear to school and interviews: it gave me the priceless, life-changing gift of confidence and pride. I will never forget the change I felt when I was able to dress professionally; I will never forget what a powerful gift pride can be. Tank you, OEC Foundation and OEC members.


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