SHAWNEE—Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is hosting Big Serve Shawnee, an event the university describes as “where hearts and hands meet.” OBU invites community and friends from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 to help with clean-up following the April 19 tornado.

“For more than 113 years now, OBU and Shawnee have stood side-by-side, and this is a great opportunity to do so once again,” a news release announced, written by Bryan Painter, OBU marketing communications director. “The initial meet up is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday outside on the steps of the OBU Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC).”

Volunteers wanting to participate are asked to bring brooms and rakes. Community Renewal is providing the gloves and will organize where teams will serve based on the number of volunteers. A free T-shirt will be given to volunteers that day.

That evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., OBU will host Celebrate Shawnee at the OBU intramural fields. This event will feature the live music, food sponsored by local partners, inflatables and games.

OBU students return to in-person instruction on Monday, May 1, after the tornado interrupted campus life for more than a week.

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