Rogers County emergency shelter in need of help

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Updated: 5/06/2013 9:26 am Published: 5/03/2013 10:14 pm

An emergency shelter where kids go when they’re taken from abusive homes is fighting to stay open.

Local country stars, Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, are pitching in to keep Rogers County Youth Service running.

The shelter is hosting the Embers of Hope Auction Friday, May 10th, at Rogers State University.

Brooks donated a guitar and Yearwood donated a pair of pink cowboy boots and two cook books for the auction. The couple says they will match the bid on each item they donated to keep the shelter doors open.

"We had a young boy come to our shelter and these were the shoes he was wearing," said Herb McSpadden. “He was talking about a pair of shoes that were worn out and covered in holes. He has held on to these shoes for six years.

"This was in the middle of winter we had snow on the ground," McSpadden said.

These were the shoes a teenage boy was wearing. He keeps them to remind him of why he fights for this shelter and the kids who stay here.

"They were taken out of their homes,” he said. “They were able to throw a few changes of clothes in a trash bag."

Since 2008, the money they shelter has received from the state and non-profits have continued to go down. This year, the shelter is fighting to fill a $25,000 hole in its budget.

"I wish we didn't have to exist. I wish I could work someone else but there is a need for what we do," he said.

Shirley Gilliam, a volunteer, has come to see that need on a daily basis. She began spending her time there after her two sons died. Before then she didn’t realize how big the need was until she took a girl school shopping.

"She had never been shopping before. I was shocked she didn't know what size shoe she wore," Gilliam told FOX23.

In the last six months, the shelter has had to turn away 60 kids.

McSpadden is hoping the auction will help the shelter raise the money it needs to continue running.

If you would like to attend or donate to help you can reach the shelter at (918) 341-7580.

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Mayor Maynot - 5/4/2013 7:46 PM
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You go Garth!!! Youth services need more help all the time.
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