Will Rogers Sams
From baking homemade pies, cookies and biscuits to churning out delicious homemade ice cream, the Will Rogers Good Sams of Claremore, Oklahoma are constantly cooking up new ways of helping out, giving back and generating donations for their favorite charities and community-building causes.
Named for the native son of their city, members of the Will Rogers Sams provided nearly 12,000 hours of volunteer and community service time for 2014. They also made numerous cash and other donations to organizations in their area. They donated food and cash to Christian Food Bank in Grove, Oklahoma; made a cash donation to Blue Star Mothers of Claremore; gave a cash donation to Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; donated cash to Camp Fire Green Country youth camp in Tulsa as well as the Texanna Volunteer Fire Department, and made a cash contribution to the Will Rogers Park Project in Claremore.
And they didn't stop there: the group adopted 21 veterans at the Veterans Center in Claremore and fulfilled their Angel Tree Wish List with gifts and cards. They collected and donated General Mills Box Tops for Education to benefit students, and aluminum can pull-tabs to support the Ronald McDonald House.
The Will Rogers Sams were more than ready to fire up the stove to help out a good cause, providing homemade pies for a fundraising auction, and furnishing biscuits and gravy for a Northeast Oklahoma Good Sam Mini Rally breakfast. They made homemade ice cream and cookies for fundraising at the Gateway Balloon Festival at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore.
Those thousands of volunteer hours were well spent, with group members providing assistance for Convoy of Hope, a community outreach giving away free food, school supplies, shoes, backpacks, haircuts and health screenings to those in need. They delivered food to a homeless mission in Tulsa, and helped out at a church Fall Festival in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Other volunteer projects included providing assistance for the Salvation Army Auxiliary; doing volunteer reading at area schools, and packing and distributing snack packs for the needy.
Throughout the year, the Will Rogers Sams also found time and funds to help support their state Good Sam organization as well, donating cash to the Oklahoma state Samboree in Shawnee, and helping out with games at the Northeast Oklahoma Good Sam Mini Rally.