Yukon Sharing uses big gift to buy commercial freezers, fridges

Director King thankful for women of Canadian County's 'Power of 100'

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Yukon Sharing Director Missy King (left) and volunteer Sandy Ingram store fruits and vegetables in one of the commercial refrigerators bought through a large grant from Power of 100 Canadian County. Yukon Sharing, 4 N 6th, now has two commercial refrigerators and two commercial freezers. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

The recent arrival of new commercial-grade freezers and refrigerators will help a downtown Yukon non-profit feed more hungry clients with fresh produce and meats.

Yukon Sharing Ministry, 4 N 6th, now has two large, double-door freezers and two refrigerators acquired through a huge gift from a Canadian County women’s philanthropic foundation.

The Power of 100’s Canadian County chapter selected Yukon Sharing as its quarterly HOPE Award recipient. Members recently presented a $15,600 donation to Yukon Sharing Director Missy King, who used part of those funds to buy the commercial refrigeration equipment.

Yukon Sharing Director Missy King

“This will allow us to double the amount of food we can keep,” King explained. “Before, we didn’t have room to put all the food we had donated. It’s nice to have the extra space and know it will be safe!

“We’ll be able to serve more people because now we can keep more fresh produce.”

Other funds from the Hope Award will be used to develop a new Yukon Sharing website, allowing people to give online.

Yukon Sharing provides clothing, food, household goods, and other necessary services to Yukon-area residents who meet income guidelines.

Between July 1, 2020 and March 30, 2021, this helping ministry served more than 2,000 people.

“Our commercial freezers and refrigerators and the new website will give us the ability to help even more,” King said. “But none of this would have been possible without the Power of 100 organization.

“I’m so grateful and thankful to the women who nominated us for believing in what we do, and for everyone who voted.”

Yukon Sharing Ministry was founded in 1987 with a vision to offer everyone who can benefit a “hand up” – not a “hand out.”

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11 WOMEN NOMINATED

Eleven women nominated Yukon Sharing for the most recent quarterly gift:

Joanne Riley, Lisa Corn, Janet Lee, Kristin Lipe, Suzy Biggs, Cassie Purifoy, Leesa Williams, Christy Stanley, D’Lynne McDaniel, Pam Shelton, Becky Stevens, and State Rep. Rhonda Baker (R-Yukon).

Power of 100 members pool their resources four times a year to donate at least $10,000 to a selected charitable cause.

Each member donates $100 four times a year. The group meets quarterly to select award recipients after names of three finalists are drawn from a list of nominees.

By pooling together their $100 donations each quarter, Power of 100 Canadian County members make a larger impact than they would otherwise.

“This is making a real difference in our community,” King said. “Joanne (Riley) and I can both attest to that!”

Riley is director of Yukon’s Compassionate Hands, which was Power of 100 Canadian County’s first Hope Award recipient in fall 2020.

King has been Yukon Sharing’s director since August 2019. Board members are:

Becky Stevens, Pam Shelton, Stacey Gaylord, Kayleigh Ferguson, Jim Poe, Scott Schuermann, D’Lynne McDaniel, Betty Corn, Tammy McKee, Christy Stanley, and Rhonda Baker.

Yukon Sharing’s regular hours are noon to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. For more information, call 354-9456 or email yukonsharing@gmail.com

The Power of 100 Canadian County’s next quarterly event will be Monday, May 10 inside the Palace Event Center, 2310 N Banner Road. All Canadian County women are invited to join.

Membership now stands at 178, including Yukon Sharing’s director.

For more information, visit powerof100cc.org

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