Church That Matters has seen an explosion in need throughout the Sand Springs community over the past 10 months due to the pandemic.
Families who thought they could wait out the pandemic with savings, have seen that stockpile dwindle, or in some cases disappear entirely, due to a job loss.
CTM has continued to strive to meet that need. Last week the church distributed bags of produce to households around Sand Springs. On Wednesday night, CTM hosted a drive-thru chicken distribution.
“We wanted to be able to provide families with a well-balanced diet,” said CTM Missions Pastor Mike Wilson. “You can see with how difficult the economy has been, we’ve been able to serve more families.”
Wilson estimated the church gave away 26,000 pounds of a variety of chicken cuts through its continued partnership with Tyson Foods. The church picked up the donated proteins from one of the country’s largest food-producing companies in Broken Bow then drove two 26-feet refrigerated box trucks back to Sand Springs, a 400-plus mile round trip, in order to distribute the poultry.
Members of the church braved the cold and wet elements Wednesday evening to help out their neighbors in need.
“Our hope is to help as many families around the community as we can,” Wilson said.
The Oklahoma State Health Department’s online portal to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine went live earlier this month at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov.
The new website allows those seeking the vaccine to register, learn what phase of eligibility they are in and eventually receive a link to clinics administering doses.
As of Friday, 110,458 injections have been administered to Oklahomans 65 or older, health care workers and/or first responders as part of Phase 2 of the state’s vaccine distribution plan.
Some members of both Sand Springs police and fire departments have received the first round of vaccines, according to Sand Springs Police Capt. Todd Enzbrenner. Sand Springs Fire is scheduled to have its second round of vaccinations this week with SSPD expected to receive theirs next week.
Enzbrenner said vaccinations were not mandatory for either group of first responders, who got their first round of vaccinations at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.
“The process was actually pretty well organized,” Enzbrenner said. “It took about 45 minutes. It was a drive-thru service. After you got the shot, they had you wait 15 minutes so they could monitor you.”
Sand Springs Public Schools Supt. Sherry Durkee confirmed school district employees who qualified under the Phase 2 guidelines had the opportunity to receive the vaccine beginning Monday through the Tulsa Health Department and Oklahoma Caring Foundation.
Over 271,000 Oklahomans have registered through the state’s portal to receive notifications on eligibility, as of Friday. Those eligible for inoculation are able to schedule an appointment, and those not yet eligible will receive an email when their phase is ready.
The state vaccine portal can also be accessed from THD, at tulsa-health.org.
The Tulsa World and Oklahoma Weekly Group have a new contest to celebrate the best suburbs have to offer.
The Best in the Burbs is only open to businesses without a Tulsa mailing address. This contest is just for those communities outside of the Tulsa area.
Nominations are needed for businesses and owners within the following groups: automotive, beauty and fitness, children, clothing and accessories, finance, food and drink, healthcare, home and garden, people of the year, pets, quality of life, services, shopping and place or business most missed during covid.
Anyone can make nominations and they begin online on Monday, Jan. 18. If you nominate at least 25 businesses or people, you can enter to win a $100 VISA gift card.
The five businesses with the most nominations in each category will advance to the voting round that starts on Feb. 22.
The winners will be announced in a special section that will be inserted into the Tulsa World and all four of its weekly publications, the Wagoner County American-Tribune, Sand Springs Leader, Owasso Reporter and Skiatook Journal.
There is no purchase necessary to nominate or win. Users may nominate one business per category for the duration of the nomination round.
Nominate starting on Monday, Jan. 18, at: go.tulsaworld.com/BestInTheBurbs2021.