Drive-Thru Giveaway Brightens Holiday For Metro Families


Thursday, December 24th 2020, 9:42 pm
By: Barry Mangold


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Children’s bikes, groceries, clothes and more were given away at a community drive-thru this weekend. 

“We put this together in two weeks,” said Lawayne Cherry, who collected donations for the bikes. “Because of the pandemic, we were scared of getting a lot of people together, so we came up with the drive-thru concept.” 

A line of cars over a mile long stretched down NE 30th Street on Saturday for the giveaway. Cherry said the giveaway was funded purely through donations.

“It’s joy, the way you feel inside. It’s amazing,” Cherry said. “There’s no better feeling than helping someone in need.”

Dozens of volunteers helped distribute the bikes, flowers, clothes and food, which was supplied by Public Wholesale and Food Market in Oklahoma City. 

“It’s beautiful. It’s a blessing,” said one woman who waited in line for more than two hours for the giveaway. “It’s a god gift to the world and I appreciate this from the bottom of my heart.” 

Cory Colbert, another organizer, and Cherry said the giveaway is an annual tradition in the community. They said the holiday season is a time for giving.

“We hope that we inspire other people to do the same,” Cherry said.