OBA Members Team Up for Turkey Day
Thousands of low-income families will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner this week thanks to the efforts of a group of Oklahoma lawyers who raised more than $70,000 to purchase frozen turkeys.
Lawyers Fighting Hunger has, for the fourth year in a row, brought together 60 different law firms and other community groups to help less fortunate Oklahomans. More than 5,000 families in Oklahoma City, Norman, El Reno, Mustang and Norman received turkeys and food boxes to complete their holiday meal.
OBA members David Bernstein (left), Noble McIntyre and Kara McBride along with several Norman firefighters distribute turkeys to needy families at the Bernstein Law Office on Nov. 22, one of five turkey giveaways that took place in November.
Lawyers Fighting Hunger was founded in 2009, when a number of agencies that feed the hungry had their funding cut for Thanksgiving. A group of attorneys decided to step in and raise funds to purchase the needed turkeys.
In 2010, Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law in Oklahoma City and Hugh M. Robert of Sherwood & McCormick in Tulsa decided to make the event even bigger. More than 50 firms and attorneys contributed to the effort and more than 750 boxes of pre-packaged Thanksgiving meals were purchased and distributed in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. More than $30,000 was raised by lawyers and members of the Oklahoma Association for Justice which was used to purchase the meals. Those generous financial commitments from lawyers all over the state allowed the group to provide food for 4,200 hungry Oklahomans.
As the need to feed the hungry in Oklahoma grew, David Bernstein of Bernstein Law Firm in Norman joined efforts in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The three formed Lawyers Against Hunger Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger.
This allowed all three to fundraise for
Thanksgiving and keep funds donated in
each donor’s community.
More information about Lawyers Fighting Hunger is available at www.lawyersagainsthunger.com.