Doug Cox,

M.D.

Oklahoma State

Represenative

As we go about coping with the problems of everyday life many Oklahomans depend on help from local organizations.  Examples include Senior Citizen Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Crisis Centers, Charitable Medical Clinics, and Community Action Programs, just to name a very few.

In the present economic tough times, more Oklahomans than ever look to such agencies for help.  At the same time, state funding for these agencies is decreasing, making the organizations more dependent on private donations.

 I recently had the opportunity to attend the kick-off luncheon for the area United Way fund drive.  The local United Way spends 17 percent of its donations serving senior citizens, 29 percent serving children, 25 percent to crisis centers, and 28 percent to health and human services type agencies.

Like all of you, I am always a little skeptical when donating to charity. It was great to learn that 99 percent of money raised for United Way in our area stays in our area.  Their fundraising and administrative expenses are only 1 percent!

I would encourage all of you who are able to donate to your local United Way fund.

 I like the $1/week donation plan and have sent in a contribution of $52 to cover a year.  If you would like to join me in helping our local citizens you can mail your contributions to:

          Delaware County United Way

POB 2174, Grove, OK   74345-2174

Looking for a weekend trip with your family?  I recently toured the J.M. Davis Gun and Historical Museum as well as the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore.  There is truly something for everyone at these state-supported museums.  It is a great opportunity to learn a little more about the history of our great state!

 I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and the mild weather so far in November.  They serve as just another reminder that Oklahoma is a great place to live!