OU Law alumni David Bernstein (’83) and Noble McIntyre (’95) are two of the three founding members of Lawyers Fighting Hunger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Oklahoma. With the collaboration of other local organizations and lawyers across the state, Bernstein and McIntyre have organized the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers 9th Annual Day of Kindness to help Oklahomans this Thanksgiving:
OKLAHOMA TRIAL LAWYERS TO HOST 9TH ANNUAL DAY OF KINDNESS
Noble McIntyre - McIntyre Law
OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of Oklahoma families will be served at the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers 9th Annual Day of Kindness just in time for Thanksgiving celebrations. The annual turkey distribution provides a free turkey to families in need of food at five different sites across the state.
The first event will take place at the offices of McIntyre Law in Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 15th where 2,500 turkeys will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. McIntyre Law is located at 8601 South Western Avenue in Oklahoma City. Turkeys will be distributed in the McIntyre Law parking lot beginning at 8 a.m. until all turkeys are distributed. Media members are encouraged to arrive between 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. to conduct interviews and find parking, as the event attracts quite a bit of traffic due to the high attendance.
Visuals at the kickoff event include an anticipated 2,500+ families receiving Thanksgiving turkeys from dozens of volunteers from the community, activities such as face painting for children, a hamburger cookout with over 3,000 burgers and hot dogs donated and prepared by Oklahoma City Firefighters with the Local 157 and 3,000 bags of chips donated by Frito Lay, Inc. In addition to the presence of the Sooner Schooner and the ponies Boomer and Sooner, Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger and multiple members of the Oklahoma Baptist University coaching staff will be present as well as Oklahoma Baptist University cheerleaders.
Through the combined effort of the Oklahoma Association For Justice (formerly known as the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association), Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and over 125 Oklahoma trial lawyers and law firms, the 9th Annual Day of Kindness empowers donors to support local organizations providing help and hope in the fight against hunger in the Oklahoma City, Norman, Mustang, El Reno and Tulsa areas. The giving total this year exceeded $100,000.00 which brings the total funds donated by Oklahoma plaintiff trial lawyers over the past eight years to just over $800,000.00. It was the fifth year in a row that donations from Oklahoma’s plaintiff trial lawyers exceeded $100,000.00.
“Our goal every year is the same – to serve as many Oklahoma families as possible,” said attorney Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law, a co-founder of Lawyers Fighting Hunger and a former President of the Oklahoma Association for Justice. “The combined financial efforts of so many Oklahoma plaintiff trial lawyers donating to Lawyers Fighting Hunger, combined with the physical resources of the Local 157 Oklahoma City fire fighters and the Oklahoma City Police officers allows us the opportunity to be of greater service to the Oklahomans most in need of a helping hand. With the help of plaintiff trial lawyers across Oklahoma we are able to not only provide thousands of free drinks and hamburgers at each location on the day of each event but also free turkeys for thousands to take home to their families.”
The full list of distribution sites include the following:
- Oklahoma City: November 15 at 8 a.m. | 8601 South Western Ave. (McIntyre Law Firm)
- Norman: November 16 at 10 a.m. | 104 W. Gray Street (Bernstein Law Firm)
- Mustang: November 16 at 10 a.m. | 925 West State Highway 152 (Denton Law Firm)
- El Reno: November 16 at 10:30 a.m. | 415 S. Rock Island (El Reno Elks Lodge)
- Tulsa: November 17 (by appointment only) | Blue Dome parking lot at 2nd and Elgin
Oklahoma trial lawyers, who primarily represent injured Oklahomans, fund the Lawyers Fighting Hunger program through their donations. The attorneys behind this effort are committed to their communities during a time when our state’s resources are being further depleted for families that need them most.
“With the state budgets being cut for many agencies who provide direct services including food to those in need, it is great that lawyers across the state have banded together to answer the need of food insecurity this holiday season,” said attorney Hugh Robert, a co-founder of Lawyers Fighting Hunger.
The Tulsa event is called “Live Local, Give Local,” and includes the participation of Emergency Infant Services and Iron Gate providing necessities for families such as baby food and diapers. For this event, pre-screened families will be provided a turkey and 25 other items to make a full Thanksgiving meal. Families will also receive a pumpkin pie.
“We are happy that we can once again serve hundreds of Norman families during this Thanksgiving season,” said Norman attorney David Bernstein, one of the three co-founders of Lawyers Fighting Hunger. “In our busy lives it is easy to forget that there are so many that face hunger, even in this great country of plenty. I’m grateful for my fellow trial lawyers who answered the call for help with their generous donations that allowed the purchase of so many turkeys. If we want to eliminate hunger everyone needs to be involved.”
“The more you give, the more good you do. The turkey give away is a wonderful way to demonstrate doing good and caring in the community. We are blessed in Mustang to have so many local businesses and individuals that share in this belief and contribute to this most worthy public service project,” according to Michael Denton and Nathan Richter of the Denton Law Firm. “There are so many in need that are so often overlooked-it is the ultimate reward to be able to give back and serve others and help them enjoy the holiday season.”
It is not just trial lawyers who care, but many others in the community.
“We are very happy to be in a position to give back to the great community of El Reno,” said attorney Fletcher Handley of The Handley Law Center. “With the assistance of El Reno Elks Lodge we have been about to distribute over 2,000 turkeys over the past few years as well as feed thousands more hamburgers and hot dogs. It is an great feeling to be able to give back.”
Donations can be made online at www.lawyersfightinghunger.com/donate or by mail to: McIntyre Law, 8601 South Western Ave., OKC, OK 73139. Checks should be made payable to Lawyers Fighting Hunger. For media seeking further information, please see the contact information listed above.
Photos courtesy of McIntyre Law.
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