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Woman Raising Money to Help Local Restaurants, Feed the Community

Posted at 9:47 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 23:27:15-04

TULSA, Okla. — Many people are stepping up to help others during this tough time.

Shirley Dennis is "Walking the Walk." That’s her organization that’s raised more than $4,000 to feed others. They buy meals from local restaurants and then feed different places from homeless shelters to hospitals.

“How good is it to fill your day when you’re out from your own job and here you are able to bless a community of people on both sides," Dennis said.

So far, they’ve served more than 300 people. Friday, they’re serving lunch to the Tulsa Health Department’s COVID-19 response team. Saturday, they’re feeding the ICU at St. John’s Hospital.

Their biggest goal is to support local restaurants that are struggling.

“We want to support the businesses that are open because we don’t know when they’re going to shut us down," Dennis said. "We don’t know when they’re going to, if they’re going to, quarantine us or what’s going to happen after tomorrow. So, while they’re open, let’s get in the door and purchase some food from them.”

Shirley partnered with Daniel Hughes to raise the money. They take turns doing a Facebook live each night, explaining what they’re doing and where the money is going. Thursday night alone they raised more than $600. Shirley says everyone should help out if they can.

“Get involved, right?" she said. "Now is the time to get involved and support your community.”

Each meal costs $10. To donate, you can send money to the Venmo account @walkingthewalk.

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