The Ebenezer Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City worked to make the holidays a little easier for people Saturday morning.
An estimated 300 cars lined the streets for two miles leading to the church for a home goods give away.
Michelle Fiddle in the first car in line said she drove three hours from Wann, Oklahoma, in the northeast part of the state, to be in line nearly 12 hours before the 11 a.m. opening.
“This to everybody in this line is a blessing,” Fiddle said. “They are doing God's work here and everybody in this line is being blessed today by them.”
An estimated $150,000 worth of home goods were donated by Costco from a national humanitarian organization called World Vision.
“The need is great, and we have people traveling from all over the state of Oklahoma,” Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Derrick Scobey said. “If nothing else, it encourages people, it gives them a little help. Maybe it’s a Christmas tree that a person does not have in their living room this year that gives them a little hope that 2021 will be a little bit better."
Oklahoma City Councilwoman Nikki Nice said people walked away from this morning’s giveaway with more than home goods.
“Hope because hope is what we need to continue to carry us through this holiday season, through this pandemic,” Nice said. “When you have folks who are willing to help, such as this church and the many volunteers that have offered their hands, that’s what it’s all about and this is the spirit of giving.”
Scobey said the church will be hosting another home goods give away in addition to a fresh produce giveaway this coming Friday.