LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - 7NEWS’ annual Share Your Christmas event happened on Tuesday at the Walmarts on Sheridan Road and Quanah Parker Trailway in Lawton. People in the Lawton community spent the day helping us gather donations for the Salvation Army and the Lawton Food Bank.
“I love to give,” Kim Kelly. “I love to give any kind of donation. I like to see people who have a good Christmas like I do.”
Which is why she felt compelled to give. Kelly understands how hard it can be and she needed help in the past.
"I would like to return what I had before," she said.
Prentice Ragsdale also donated. He said he's currently getting assistance but knows that there are people out there who don't have anything at all and so he wanted to give.
"I'd like for other people to have something,” he said. “I grew up poor, but what I got now I'm grateful for. So, share a little bit and I'm glad I got to share a little bit."
Major David Robinson, with the Salvation Army, said all the donations they got says a lot about the community.
"For those to step up and come by and share what they can, with two great organizations,” he said. “It just makes you happy where you live."
Major Robinson and Jeri Mosiman with the Lawton Food Bank said Share Your Christmas helps tremendously this time of year and for the next few months.
"It also saves dollars that we would have to spend now instead of waiting until later on in the summer when donations are low," Major Robinson said.
"It put us past the holidays,” Mosiman said. “So, those are always our busiest times of the year...the summer and then November and December are our busiest times of the year so we have to have enough to get us through and a little bit past that because we don't have another significantly sized fundraiser until Spring Break."
Toni Walker said giving means everything, especially this time of year.
“I’ve always tried to teach my children and grandchildren to give,” she said. “You get lots of things but there are people who don’t get anything. It’s about giving back, always.”