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OEC FOUNDATION, INC. BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Jamey Allen Leroy Bayliff Jim Brown


Vivian Gibson Lloyd Gramling


Jerry McCracken Lynne Miller


Sunny Stuart Beckie Turner Joyce Wallace


By: Patti Rogers, Operation Round Up Coordinator Financial report by: Sara Thomas


Operation Round Up® contributions by OEC members is "neighbor helping neighbor"


Operation Round Up® collects pennies,


nickels, and dimes from co-op members to create positive


and lasting change in our communities.


For more than two decades, OEC’s Operation Round Up® (ORU) program


has provided gifts and holiday meals to children and families who otherwise would have little to celebrate. Tis year is no different, as more than $31,500 is helping fund a variety of Christmas programs throughout the co-op’s service area. “Te month between Tanksgiving and Christmas brings excited


anticipation for every child, regardless of his family’s financial situation. It also creates an extraordinary amount of stress and anxiety for parents who cannot provide gifts for their children,” said Vivian Gibson, president of the OEC Foundation board, which administers ORU contributions. “By partnering with local organizations and volunteers who give selflessly of their time and service, we are able to lift the burden and make Christmas brighter for hundreds of children and families.” Gibson said the children who benefit from these programs come from low-


OEC Foundation, Inc. FINANCIAL STATEMENT


Beginning Balance 10/24/13.......................$169,616.31


November deposit.....+18,278.77 Interest .......................................+2.88 Checks issued.............. -65,812.91


Approved, not paid..-84,232.34


Ending balance 11/19/13 ...........................$37,852.71


4 December 2013


income families; many are in foster care because they’ve been abused or neglected in the past. “We hope to convey to these kids a sense of compassion and to let them know there are people in the community who care for them,” she said. Te grants awarded during the Nov. 14 OEC Foundation board meeting totaled $83,896 and benefit nine organizations and nearly two dozen individuals. Special Olympics Oklahoma and a new medical/dental clinic, which operates once a month out of the Slaughterville Baptist Church, were among the organizations that received grants. Home repairs for families recovering from the May tornadoes topped the needs that will be addressed by the grants awarded to individuals/families. Dentures, eye exams and glasses, and winter clothes/baby items were among the other necessities ORU grants will provide. Whatever the need, each is met because of the OEC members who demonstrate the cooperative philosophy of neighbor helping neighbor not just during the holiday season, but all year long. Te Foundation board will meet on Dec. 12 to consider new funding


requests from those seeking assistance. Anyone living in the co-op’s service area is eligible to apply. Application forms, which are available in Adobe® PDF at http://bit.ly/oec-oru, must be completed and returned by Dec. 9 to be included on the December meeting agenda.


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