Providence United Methodist Church
Friday, May 24, 2013
PUMC Loves the Children of Clinton, Oklahoma
Clinton, Oklahoma, is home to many Native Americans of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. The majority live below the poverty level and the children of this area often go to bed hungry and worry about things children shouldn't have to worry about: having enough food to eat, caring for younger siblings because parents are in prison, how to get homework done because there is no support or time, how to live in two worlds - a traditional native one and a non-native one.
The Clinton Indian Methodist Church has started a community center to help provide food, support, and resources to help these children but they need our help. They need central air and heat, an upgraded kitchen, a new refrigerator, computers, and many other needs. This requires funds and that is where we come in.
Our fundraiser efforts will be two-fold. The first goal is to raise $15,000 to supply the basic needs that they are requesting through the UMC Advance fund. You can read more about those needs by clicking: CLINTON INDIAN CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CENTER.
We also want to provide resources beyond these basics. Currently there is no playground or place to store and protect their van. So, in addition, we need another $15,000 to give these children a place to play and keep their hard-earned van safe at night.
For $30,000 we can help change the lives of these children. We can help give them hope and a future. And we can do more than give money. Next summer, we are planning a mission trip to Clinton, OK, to conduct a VBS for these children and help build their playground.
PUMC has already shown a passion for loving the children of the world. Now, we can show this love to the Cheyenne and Arapaho children of Clinton, Oklahoma.