Continued improvements at the Douglass East Side Community Center in Duncan, Oklahoma will come a little easier thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

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The gift was announced recently at the center, where Arvest Bank representatives Craig Taliaferro, Hal Labyer, Angela Spradlin and Larry Benson presented a check to staff members Deron Jones, Shannon Hall-Sanders, Rudy Sanders and Michael Fugett.

This is the third Arvest Foundation grant the center has received in the last two years and will go towards an HVAC unit and kitchen equipment upgrades.

“We were excited to receive another grant from the Arvest Foundation to help with kitchen renovations,” Shannon Hall-Sanders said. “We are currently serving meals to go but this grant will allow us to complete the renovations, which will allow us to open the kitchen back up for in-person meals.”

The center’s mission is to help facilitate the emotional, social, physical and mental-health needs of independent senior citizens in the community.

“We are proud to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation,” said Labyer, who serves as Arvest’s community president in Duncan. “The center provides a vital service to our community. The volunteers who keep this program going are passionate about their mission, and we are happy to support them.”