Noble McIntyre on December 2, 2016
Hunger is a problem in Oklahoma. Families are scraping by, working hard, and trying their best to have a meaningful, warm and happy holiday season, but some don’t have enough food. At McIntyre Law, we recognize the importance of family, community and holiday spirit — it’s as important to us as it is to you. That’s why, for the seventh year in a row, we held the Annual Day of Kindness; our team distributed 5,000 free turkeys to families in need in Oklahoma City, Norman, Reno and Mustang so that they can have a hot, satisfying Thanksgiving meal.
Once again, McIntyre Law partnered with the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and Lawyers Fighting Hunger to bring turkey dinners to those families that needed them most. That they’re desperately needed is clear: At the first distribution event at the McIntyre Law offices in Oklahoma City, we started giving out turkeys an hour and a half before the scheduled start time because thousands of people were already there and waiting. One woman had come the night before and waited outside all night to be sure that she got one, and 50 people were in line by 6am. All of the 2,000 turkeys available for distribution at that location were given out in just one hour, though we fed 4,000 hungry people with hamburgers, hot dogs and other treats throughout the day.
And, while people were thankful and eager to get their free turkeys, some came for the fun. We had ponies for petting (and a horse-drawn carriage), face-painting and other events for the little ones, music and a party atmosphere. People felt the spirit of the holiday, and the mood was upbeat and joyous.
“This means the world to my family,” said one turkey recipient. “I work hard all year to provide for my family, and it’s never easy. Knowing that McIntyre Law is looking out for us, and that they care enough to provide us with a Thanksgiving dinner that we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise is just…. it’s everything.”
To us, “Day of Kindness” says it all. During the event, people share their stories. Sometimes, they leave us notes of thanks. Mostly, though, we get smiles, or hugs, or tears of joy. Noble McIntyre wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s all about community,” he says. “We are part of this community, and it’s part of us. Anything that we can do to make our neighbors’ lives easier, better or happier is worth it. Of course, we work year-round to help our clients — that’s our job. But, handing someone in need a turkey that will feed his family on Thanksgiving is what truly makes it all matter. We’re so fortunate to be in a position to be able to make this holiday special for thousands of people. We intend to be here, doing this, for years to come.”
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