A local non-profit striving to meet community needs through providing resources and classes will continue on its mission with its upcoming annual fundraiser.
Anthony Sykes, Charis Center boardmember, met with The Duncan Noon Lions Club to talk about upcoming fundraisers, as well as how the Charis Center is involved with the community.
Charis, Greek for grace and kindness, has a mission to help and treat any one who comes through their doors with love, kindness and dignity.
Recently celebrating their fourth birthday, Charis continues to offer a plethora of services to the community, such as pregnancy confirmation, ultrasound, pregnancy options and education, empowered parenting classes, a baby boutique, adoption referrals, 24-hour hotline and abortion recovery.
“We not only offer services for before pregnancy, but we also offer services after,” Sykes said. “Like the Baby Boutique, we have clothes, diapers, wipes.”
Sykes said throughout their four years, they have grown.
“Currently, (we) have 400-500 people that we have helped over that last couple years,” Sykes said. “That could be anything from an ultrasound to the Baby Boutique.”
According to Sykes, there is someone ready to answer a call at anytime.
“We are hoping to continue as a ministry,” Sykes said. “It’s about providing resources to people who have those needs, through the pregnancy and then after.”
Sykes said with a new ultrasound machine, the center can take 3D images during an ultrasound.
With Charis being non-profit, one way they are able to rehab the center or purchase equipment is through fundraisers.
“We don’t receive any government assistance for our primary mission, we do fundraisers,” Sykes said.
Charis’ current fundraiser is their baby bottle fundraiser, and community members can fill the bottle with change and turn it back into Charis.
“We also have our main fundraiser, the Charis Comedy and Coffee event,” Sykes said.
The Charis Comedy, Coffee and Cake event will set up at the Simmons Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The event will begin with coffee and cake, which will be served until 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:15 p.m.
According to Sykes, the special guest and Christian comedian Jeff Allen will be in attendance.
Tickets can be purchased at the Charis Center for $30 per person or $50 for two, or at the Simmons Center door on Nov. 11 for $40. The event is sponsored by Special Day’s Cake Boutique and Viridian Coffee Co.
To donate to Charis, visit www.chariscenter.org/donate or mail checks to P.O. Box 2163 Duncan, Oklahoma 73534. For more information about making an appointment at The Charis Center, call the 24-hour hotline at 580-786-6000 or text 405-757-4673. The Charis Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and is located at 1700 W. Jones Avenue.