Heroes with Hope of Southern Oklahoma has a calendar booked with planned charity events in the coming months.
Shop with Cops is just one example of them, and specifically for that program, Heroes with Hope has already spent $10,023 of the $11,588 the nonprofit has collected for the annual program that lets area children in need pick up presents with law enforcement officers for some extra holiday cheer.
Still, out of the dozens of children the program has reached out to help, director Melissa Woolley said she wishes she could help all the area families that applied for Shop with Cops.
Heroes with Hope had to sift through about 500 applications to select which families the nonprofit could help the most. That process can be a difficult one, Woolly said. Nonprofits are often tasked with making the most out of limited resources.
“I think part of the biggest challenge is being able to pick and choose what needs we need to meet -- we can’t meet them all,” Woolly said. “There’s just such a large area, and so many in need even if you just look at Shop with Cops.”
One example of additional events Heroes with Hope coordinates is donating coats and other winter clothing to area schools.
In the past week, Woolly said the organization has donated nearly $4,000 in coats to area students enrolled in elementary and middle schools. These items are collected in the nonprofit’s Closet of Hope at its facility.
In order to continue doing programs like these, Woolly hopes to see donations continue to flood in beyond just Shop with Cops.
Just $30,000 was what Heroes with Hope started with this year for all its programs, and as Shop with Cops takes a large sum of that, thousands of dollars are needed to continually propel humanitarian efforts.
“Just to get through the next few months, we’re going to need additional donations. At the very minimum, $10,000, and I’d be comfortable with $15,000,” Woolly said. “We’ll do things throughout the year with that money.