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Pack the Pantry

December 21, 2012
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a special holiday meal this time of year. But thanks to the Stars of Oklahoma City University, the pantry at Skyline Urban Ministry is packed.

The Oklahoma City University athletics department donated 8,367 food items to Skyline Urban Ministry in its annual food drive. Skyline is a mission outreach of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"We ask a lot of our student-athletes including that they be community servants," OCU athletic director Jim Abbott said. "These young people are driven to succeed in whatever they do, and we're awfully proud of their efforts to aid our community."

It was a contest to see which team could donate the most items, and the softball team topped the list with 1,778 items, winning the contest for the third time in six years. The squad exceeded the 1,733 it collected last year. Women's golf brought the second most with 1,253 items, while cross country totaled 776 and women's wrestling had 760. Thirteen of OCU's teams contributed 200 items or more.

OCU student-athletes have collected approximately 26,000 food items for needy in the community through its annual food drive over the past six years.

"I'd like to take this time to give OCU a big thank you," said Brandy Condrad, program administrator of Skyline's 8th Street Center. "The OCU athletic department went above and beyond, and we appreciate all that has been done. I want you to know you are all winners in Skyline Urban Ministry's eyes, but the true winners in all this is our families in the community."

The focus of Skyline has always been upon the poor and needy of Oklahoma County. Skyline's mission is to impact lives, to empower those in need, and to address the roots of poverty in Oklahoma. Skyline's Community Cupboard operates as a choice pantry whereby clients can select their own foods, based on their family size and food preferences.

2012 Canned Food Drive

OCU's Top Four Teams

Team                            Total

Softball                        1,778

Women's Golf               1,253

Cross Country               776

Women's Wrestling        760