By Conrad Dudderar
In its response to the pandemic, the Canadian County Health Department has been grateful for support shown by people in the local communities it serves.
During the recent COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, one huge blessing has been provided by a Main Street Yukon congregation.
Frontline Church, 10 W Main, donated a couple hundred meals to Canadian County Health Department healthcare staff working large COVID-19 vaccine events over three weeks in Canadian County.
“We want to be good citizens in Canadian County,” said Chad Puckett, lead pastor at Frontline Church in Yukon. “We want to love Yukon and be a blessing to this city.
“We learned about these vaccine drives for medical workers and asked if we could provide meals for them.”
Several thousand front-line medical personnel and first responders were vaccinated during day-long clinics over several weeks in December and January at the Yukon Community Center and Redlands Community College in El Reno.
Lunch was provided for health department workers who spent long hours – with only short breaks – delivering the vaccinations.
“By God’s grace, we were able to get meals out there and help them; we’re ready to do more,” Pastor Puckett said. “This was a real encouragement for us.
“We just wanted to say, ‘thank you’ and help encourage them to ‘press on’.”
FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE HEROES
The pastor said his church wasn’t looking for any publicity for their gifts of food and drink.
He wants the attention focused on healthcare heroes serving during this health crisis.
Puckett also sang the praises of a Yukon barbecue restaurant: “Earl’s stepped up and met us halfway on meals for several weeks. The manager jumped in and partnered with us.”
Frontline Church has congregations in Yukon, Edmond, downtown Oklahoma City, south Oklahoma City, and Shawnee.
County health department officials call Frontline Church a “fabulous community partner.”
Church members previously donated lunches for the department’s larger COVID-19 testing events in 2020 across the Oklahoma City metro and in Pottawatomie County.
Frontline Yukon started in early June 2020 “out of a desire to see the mission of loving God, loving people and pushing back darkness multiplied into the streets of Yukon and beyond,” according to the church website.
Residents across Canadian County and west Oklahoma City are invited to join Frontline Yukon in its mission. Services are 11 a.m. Sunday at 10 W. Main in Yukon.