Members of the Thunder staff, Season Ticket Members and several Thunder Girls rolled out to the offices of Upward Transitions just outside of downtown Oklahoma City on Friday for United Way’s “Day of Caring” to prepare and serve lunch to the local homeless and impoverished.
Upward Transitions is a private nonprofit agency that assists the homeless and less fortunate by providing them with the basic essentials and resources to help get them back on their feet. Its primary source of funding is the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
Thunder staff members began grilling and preparing the food at around 10 a.m. in the Upward Transitions parking lot. People began showing up around 11 a.m. to be served hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks. The parking lot was bustling with hungry people waiting to be served and happy ones who had gotten their fill. About 150 people came to eat lunch – we ended up having the perfect amount of food!
All of the people that we fed were beyond grateful for everything we did for them (they especially loved the Thunder Girls!). Many came through the food line twice, and some even three times. It felt great knowing that we made someone’s day more enjoyable and it was a fun way to help out in the community.
Upward Transitions is located at 1033 N. Walker in Oklahoma City and is always accepting volunteers and donations. To find out how you can help, visit www.upwardtransitions.org.
- Taylor Gibbons