Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries hosts rodeo fundraiser

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Operation C.A.R.E. Ministries of Tillman County hosted a “Round-up for Jesus” rodeo fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.

Operation C.A.R.E. Director Douglas Simpson said it’s important to know how instrumental the business community was in providing sponsorship funds for the rodeo event.

“So many people played a major role in making it possible by giving of their time, money, and resources,” Simpson said. “C.A.R.E. was honored to be a part of a larger group effort to bring our community together.”

This year’s event included food trucks, a concession stand, a mechanical bull, and other fun things for adults and children to do.

Miss Altus Teen Quin Johnson sang the National Anthem both nights of the event to kick things off.

The rodeo events included mutton bustin’ and steer riding for the young rodeo stars in the making. Classic rodeo events like bareback bronc bustin’, saddle bronc bustin’, bull riding, barrel racing, single and team roping events, all culminated in a great time for all.

Simpson said discussions are already taking place to add even more events to next year’s rodeo, like a rodeo king and queen contest, and maybe more vocal talent. Simpson said the possibilities are endless with the great facilities Frederick has out at the fair and rodeo grounds.

Operation C.A.R.E. has been operating in Tillman County since 2019, when a dedicated group of faith-based Tillman County citizens saw needs going unmet and formed the non-profit organization.

With help from Operation C.A.R.E. of Jackson County, the Tillman County branch has been providing help with numerous needs in Tillman County, including those of a spiritual nature. The adopted mission statement of the organization is also the same as the Altus group: “Providing hope through the transforming love of Jesus Christ.”

Like the Altus organization, the Tillman County group is first and foremost a Christian organization, offering counseling through trained “Life Coaches.” In addition to helping meet physical and financial needs, job screening and referrals to other entities, the trained volunteers will address spiritual needs and offer prayer.

Operation C.A.R.E. not only helps with financial issues, but also issues relating to weather damage or other property upkeep when needed.

Operation C.A.R.E. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and without the support of the public and their partners they could not provide the services and programs that they offer.

You can donate to C.A.R.E. by stopping in at their headquarters, 712 S. Main, Frederick, during regular office hours, 9 a.m. - noon Tuesdays and Thursdays or by mail at P.O. Box 271, Frederick, OK, 73542.

To become a financial partner or volunteer, contact C.A.R.E. at 580-335-4534 for more information.

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