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Raising awareness of Pontotoc County's homeless problem

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Ada Homeless Services offers help to Pontotoc County's homeless population. (KTEN) Ada Homeless Services offers help to Pontotoc County's homeless population. (KTEN)
Ada Homeless Services welcomes donations to its food bank. (KTEN) Ada Homeless Services welcomes donations to its food bank. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Pontotoc County is one of the poorest areas in Oklahoma. One of it's biggest but lesser-known problems is the homeless population.

"I would estimate between 200 and 300 people at any given time are homeless," said Ada Homeless Services director Sarah Frye. "It doesn't necessarily mean they're sleeping outside on a park bench, but we're talking about doubled-up with other families, maybe living in an automobile."

To help shine a light on the issue, Ada Homeless Services has partnered with local agencies during Hunger and Homelessness Week to get residents more involved.

"We have three different drives going on, because all these agencies need different things," Frye said. "We have a food drive, we have an outerwear drive -- which is coats, hats, gloves, scarves and socks -- and a white drive."

They're also holding their first-ever volunteer fair at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center on November 20 so people can learn how to help.

It's all part of an effort to bring people together to try to solve the problem of homelessness.

"We need everybody's help," Frye said. "It takes a village, and it's not just Ada Homeless Services... it's all these other organizations, too, that are working together to try to address the issue."

In addition to needing volunteers, the non-profit agency also accepts monetary donations and has a wish list for its food pantry at 627 North Broadway Avenue in Ada. Call 580-272-0211 for more information.

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