By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
An Army Jeep, dump truck and armored tank are just some of the dozens of vehicles featured during an upcoming event to support Yukon’s pregnancy and STD testing clinic.
The second annual Gateway Express Testing (G.E.T.) Into Trucks will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Yukon Middle School parking lot, 801 S Garth Brooks Boulevard.
“This is based on the ‘Touch a Truck’ events,” said event coordinator Suzanne Grimaud, a Gateway volunteer client advocate. “We will have a variety of vehicles for everyone – both kids and parents. This will be one last activity they can enjoy before school starts. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The public will vote for their favorite vehicles with donation dollars, which will benefit Gateway.
“We’ll put a link on our website for people to ‘pre-vote’,” Grimaud said. “We’re encouraging our vehicle owners to help spread the word and raise donations.”
Prizes and medals will be presented to the winners.
The fund-raiser will “help mobilize” Gateway Express Testing, which offers women sexual health testing, confidential pregnancy confirmation testing with ultrasound and pregnancy counseling, and provides emergency baby supplies and supplies for pregnant and new moms.
Gateway provides area students with resources for healthy lifestyles through the Life Wize education program as trained volunteers visit local schools to teach Biblical life applications.
Gateway Express Testing, 2 S Sixth, will use funds raised at the Aug. 10th G.E.T. Into Trucks to provide services to its clients.
“The purpose of G.E.T. Into Trucks is to raise funds for our operational costs and get the ‘word out’ about our mobile unit,” Grimaud said.
MOBILE UNIT LAUNCHES IN JANUARY
Proceeds from next month’s special event will help fund operations at the Gateway clinic and the mobile medical unit expected to “hit the streets” early next year.
“Our new mobile unit should be ready to launch in January 2020,” Gateway executive director Julia Seay said. “We will be able to expand our reach by going mobile.
“The more we raise at G.E.T. Into Trucks, the more we can go out with our mobile unit.”
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van – outfitted specifically for Gateway’s needs – will put its counselors and nurses on the streets of Yukon and the surrounding area.
The $120,000 mobile unit, fully equipped with the latest technology and medical equipment, will provide scared and vulnerable women with free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and counseling in a safe, warm and comfortable environment, according to Seay.
The MMU will have these interior features: Exam table, restroom, multiple seats for counseling, exam area for the ultrasound machine, multiple monitors, surround sound, soft lighting, refrigeration for hospitality, tinted windows and privacy shades, air conditioning, 360-degree monitoring, storage space, and WiFi.
With its new unit, Gateway plans to be a presence in high schools, technology centers, college campuses, and the greater Oklahoma City area. Gateway representatives want to have an active presence at two new abortion clinics to meet women and encourage them to consider other options.
Gateway bought the new van after receiving a $60,000 matching grant through an anonymous donation made to the non-profit, pro-life organization Save the Storks. The Yukon agency raised another $60,000 to match the award.
BIGGER AND BETTER
Gateway’s first G.E.T. Into Trucks event was October 2018. Despite inclement weather, there was decent attendance and about 15 vehicles participated.
“It would be great if we had 30 to 40 vehicles this time,” Grimaud said. “We don’t charge vehicle and truck owners to participate but ask them to encourage people to donate and ‘vote’ for them.
“If anyone has a very cool vehicle or truck and would like to participate, get in touch with us!”
Vehicles expected to be there are a Yukon fire engine, Yukon police and Canadian County sheriff vehicles, Lula Roe women’s apparel truck, Dolese Bros. dump truck, Redbird coffee cart, Classic Motors inventory, A-Z Towing tow trucks, and an Army Jeep. Other military vehicles, antique fire trucks, classic cars, and more may be added to the list.
The spacious Yukon Middle School parking lot is an ideal venue for this event, according to Gateway’s executive director.
“It’s a great location – right there on Garth Brooks Boulevard,” Seay said. “We have our Life Wize program at the middle school.”
Concessions will include coffee, waffles and other goodies, perhaps snow cones and hot dogs.
Businesses and organizations are being enlisted to sponsor the Aug. 10th G.E.T. Into Trucks.
Anyone interested in being a sponsor or bringing their vehicle should email Grimaud at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 354-4283.
To make an online donation, visit www.gatewaywomenscenter.com