Oklahoma's Annual Day of Kindness

At McIntyre Law, we do more than just advocating for your legal needs. We are also dedicated to the Oklahoma community and its success. For the last nine years, in partnership with other organizations and law firms, we have given away thousands of free Thanksgiving turkeys to Oklahoma families along with a day of fun activities and delicious food.

Our 2018 Turkey Giveaway

Along with the Oklahoma Association For Justice, Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and over 125 Oklahoma trial lawyers and law firms, McIntyre Law distributed free Thanksgiving turkeys for low-income families at their 9th Annual Day of Kindness.

This year, McIntyre Law teamed up with over 100 law firms and attorneys to achieve raising more than $100,000 to feed Oklahomans all over the state. This provided over 2,500 frozen turkeys to be given to the public.

There were four different distribution sites for this event, and free turkeys were given out one per family on a first-come-first-served basis until they were gone. There was also face painting for children, a hamburger cookout with over 3,000 burgers and hot dogs donated and prepared by Oklahoma City Firefighters with the Local 157 and 3,000 bags of chips donated by Frito Lay, Inc.

Group photo of participants of 2018 Turkey Giveaway

What is World Kindness Day?

World Kindness Day is a celebration and highlight of good deeds towards others, embracing positivity and the power of a united community. World Kindness Movement introduced this back in 1998 and, to this date, it's observed around the world usually on November 13th. Over time, this movement has evolved into a World Kindness Week celebration across the United States and other countries.

What World Kindness Week Means to the Oklahoma Community

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, with one in six people suffering from hunger. Winter time is especially troublesome for many families because they have to choose between paying for food or utilities to stay warm. That is why at McIntyre Law we are committed to providing a hot, satisfying, nutritious holiday meal to these families every year.

Donations can be made online at www.lawyersfightinghunger.com/donate or by mail to: McIntyre Law, 8601 South Western Ave., OKC, OK 73139. Checks should be made payable to Lawyers Fighting Hunger.

How It All Started

About 17% of Oklahomans live in poverty, which leaves 1 in 4 children at risk of going to bed hungry. Personal injury law firm, McIntyre Law, is on a mission to not let that happen, especially around the holidays. Each year, hundreds of Oklahoma trial lawyers band together to raise money to help give families a Thanksgiving dinner.

Candid photo of the 2018 Turkey Giveaway

Eight years ago, the idea for the Annual Day of Kindness started when Noble McIntyre was walking through his church’s foyer and saw a pamphlet outlining the exact cost of a Thanksgiving dinner. For an average family of 4, it averages about $40-50, and with many Oklahomans being considered food-insecure, this holiday may turn into a season of hunger instead of celebration.

After the first Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, Noble realized that families arriving at their event may even be hungry that day. Some had gone 3-4 days without food. It was then that Noble McIntyre decided that it wasn’t going to be just turkeys being given away.

Each year following, multiple different local businesses and organizations got together to provide many other activities and giveaways. With the help of local organizations, the 8th Annual Day of Kindness gives away warm and ready-to-eat food for over 5,000 people at the event.

2018
November 23
$100,000 raised
2,500 turkeys given
2017
November 16
Fed over 5,000 people
2,500 turkeys given
2016
November 17
2,000 turkeys given
4,000 Oklahomans fed
2015
November 14
Over $100,000 raised
5,000 turkeys given
2010-
2014
Over $295,000 raised
19,000 turkeys given
More than 23,000 Oklahomans fed

With the help of trial lawyers all around the state, McIntyre Law has been able to reach out to the community and give them the means to cook a Thanksgiving dinner.

Throughout the years, many different non-profits and community members have come out to this event year-to-year. The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner, along with coach Lon Kruger, ponies Boomer and Sooner, roughnecks, and cheerleaders, have come out to support the event. This is the only non-OU sponsored event that the ponies come to!

Community Stories

McIntyre Law loves to hear back from the community, and it’s a pleasure to share the words of those who have benefited from the work of volunteer efforts and donations. Hundreds of letters from families were written. Here are a few of them:

I’m a single mother in a TANF Program. Every month is a struggle to make ends meet. I didn’t know that I was going to do for this Thanksgiving. I was at school when a classmate told me about the free turkey. It is a true blessing to my family and I would like to thank each and everyone for the donations — their time, kindness, and patience.

Thank you so much. I just recently lost my job, lights just got turned off yesterday, I had no money for turkey or even a thanksgiving dinner, so I appreciate this. Your kindness today has given me hope.

Thank you for blessing me and my family with a turkey this Thanksgiving! Lord knows I appreciate it. I am a single mother of 2. Times get hard but I never lose faith in the Lord to bless me with the strength to keep pushing. And be grateful for all we do have and for people like you! God bless!