Family, friends, and pets will all be piling into you car this December for Light of Hope's inaugural Illuminating Hope Christmas Light Tour.
What: This year we are spreading hope and building a sense of community by inviting families to drive around town, visiting businesses, churches, city landmarks, and select homes to view community-made Christmas displays.
When: Thursday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m. each night.
Why: Our goal is to give families a safe, socially distanced holiday experience, highlighting what Light of Hope offers to our community, as well as promoting Claremore restaurants and businesses. The experience is free to everyone, and donation buckets will be placed throughout the route to raise funds for Light of Hope’s addiction support and drug prevention programing.
Special Features: Families will be encouraged to pick up a guide map at one of several locations around town, in exchange for canned goods that will supply the Light of Hope food pantry. In...
Layla Freeman lost her daughter Ashley at just 23 years old to an opioid overdose on Christmas Eve five years ago. Layla has turned her pain into fuel to help other moms make sure they do not go through that same pain.
She set down with News on 6's Brian Dorman to discuss her daughter Ashley and the emotional journey, starting Light of Hope, and what this historic ruling means to the opioid crisis.
She's been gone for six years, but Monday's judgment brought up feelings in Ashley Freeman's mother that proves no amount of time can dull the hurt. "I didn't realize how emotional it was going to be today for the verdict," said Layla Freeman. Ashley was 23-years-old when her addiction to pain pills became fatal. "She struggled so much. She begged toward the end, 'If I could just stop if I could just find help,'" she said. To help others find that help, Layla founded the Light of Hope. "It was a long and very difficult isolated journey and after her passing, I knew I needed to take that experience, turn the pain into purpose and help other family members, walk alongside them," said Freeman. In addition to support groups, Light of Hope has also partnered with the DEA to go into schools to talk about addiction. With Monday's judgment, the anticipation that demands their services will only grow. "I've hired five instructors so far to go into the schools. I know that we're going to be, we'...