People often feel like the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to make changes in their lives for the better. These New Year’s Resolutions include a variety of things from losing weight to giving up tobacco products. Most resolutions fall under the category of self improvement or the improvement of one’s health.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute is taking new year’s resolutions as a way to get people to give blood. “Start the year off right by saving lives through blood donation,” said Tiffany Ortiz of the OBI.
A blood drive sponsored by the Altus Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday at the Community Center, and two more are scheduled for next week. On Tuesday, Jan., 5, 2016, Sun Loan Company will host a drive at the Altus Community Center from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Jackson County Memorial Hospital will host a drive on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in their large conference room.
If you would like to do something for your community as a New Year’s Resolution, you can donate or volunteer for a variety of local groups such as Operation Care, Joseph’s Closet, Mission on Wheels, Meals on Wheels, or the food pantry.
Operation Care is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. They assist those in our community with their spiritual needs, free food, and utility assistance. They are located at 219 W. Commerce. The Operation Care Food Pantry offers free food to qualified applicants every third Saturday of the month. There is a devotion at 10:30 a.m., and the food pantry is open from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
Joseph’s Closet is only open one day a week, on Thursdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. Those needing clothing through Joseph’s Closet need to go to Operation CARE, 219 W.Commerce, for a voucher. Joseph’s Closet is located upstairs at the First Presbyterian Church, 208 E. Cypress. For more information, call Sandy at 481-8648.
Mission on Wheels, 118 1/2 S. Main, offers clothing and various household items free of charge to anyone who needs them. Items currently in need at Mission on Wheels is winter items such as clothing, coats, gloves, hats, blankets and heaters. Volunteers are also needed. For more contact Edna Douglas at 580-649-8620.
The Altus Meal Site is needing volunteers to help deliver meals to those who are home bound. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. Any time you can give is appreciated. If you would like to volunteer call the Altus Meal Site at 580-482-1290. The Altus Meal Site is a part of Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group.
There are a variety of local churches that take turns feeding the hungry in Altus every month. They are always in need of volunteers, food items or monetary donations to help with their programs. Following are the churches that hold regular free meals for the public:
The first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 300 N. Main; second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, at First United Methodist, 317 N. Main; third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Primera Iglesia Bautista, 401 E. Liveoak; fourth Saturday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Church of Christ Carpenter’s Kitchen, Elm and Hudson Streets; fifth Saturday of some months from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 1505 E. Tamarack. The Salvation Army in Altus also serves every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1100 N. Park Lane.
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