People in need sometimes just need a ride. In fact, a $4 bus pass can make a huge difference in a person's life, from going to a job interview or doctor's appointment.
Because of the limited funding to provide bus passes to those in need, RunHers, a women's organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, is partnering with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command to provide bus passes for its shelter residents.
Salvation Army Residential Shelter Director Janet Miller said transportation is vital to those seeking employment or who are homeless and in transition.
"When you provide transportation to individuals in need, you are actually participating in that person's day and perhaps future," said Miller. "The bus pass you provide for one day may be the day that she/he lands the job, enters school, goes to the doctor, graduates, finds housing, delivers a baby or reunites with a loved one. Every one of these things we may take for granted, but these so many more things have occurred on a bus pass."
During the 2011 Christmas Season, RunHers is collecting cash and checks to give to The Salvation Army to provide transportation.
"Our goal is to buy as many $4 and $1.50 passes as we can," said RunHers Energy Director Sara McCauley. "Metro Transit has indicated that they can work with The Salvation Army on better bulk rates when we pass $500."
RunHers will donate the first $100. Those wishing to contribute can mail checks or donations to: The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma – "Bus Passes", c/o RunHers LLC, P.O. Box 720627, Oklahoma City, OK 73127.