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Church Fulfills Pastor's Dream While Giving Back

LAWTON, Okla_The congregation of a humble church is working to give back to the community in a big way.

Pastor Bernell Caraway of the House of Bread Ministry has long had a goal of opening a clothing closet to provide clothes for those in need.

After buying a house for the project over a year ago, she fell ill and hasn't been able to continue her efforts. So now her daughter has taken over and is doing what she can to get her mother's dream fulfilled.

The House of Bread Ministry already gives back to the community in other ways, but Ramonda Bruno said her mother is always looking to do more

"Sometimes people need a helping hand, and sometimes people, like recently people lost everything in fires, so this way here we can give back to the community, " said Bruno.

Pastor Caraway has been battling various illnesses over the past couple of years, and last week she even had a stroke. But that hasn't gotten in the way of Bruno and the rest of the small congregation from picking up where her dream left off.

"That's what the Lord would have us to do, to help clothe those who are less fortunate, and like I said this a dream of hers and it'd be nice to see it fulfilled, " Bruno said.

They've already received lots of donations, but the real challenge is getting the house they'll be running it out of ready for business.

"Well...it's a fixer upper house, and so it needs a lot to get it established like is should be. But everybody who helps out they're a part of giving back to the community, and anybody who wants to help out, labor or anything would be greatly appreciated, " explained Bruno.

She said their clothing closet will offer everything from clothing to home goods. They want to give to anyone in need, no questions asked.

Bruno said they're not looking to compete with other donation centers in town. She just wants to work together for the main goal of helping others, but she warned it might come at a price.

"It may cost a hug. That's their price, " said Bruno.

If you'd like to donate your time or objects to the clothing closet, or if you need some assistance you can call the House of Bread Ministry at 580-248-8519 to make an appointment.

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