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(09.25.12) Salvation Army Senior Living Fair is free to all seniors on Oct. 10

The First Annual Salvation Army Senior Living Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Warr Acres Community Center, 4301 N. Ann Arbor.

The event is free and open to the public. Senior citizens can learn of ways to enhance their lifestyle, embrace new ideas and get involved.

More than 30 organizations and service providers are slated to share information. Find out where to access continuing education programs, recreation opportunities, transportation options, home health providers, housing and much more.

“Seniors get to learn that they have options and amazing services available. If they are looking for it and can’t find it, keep asking questions,” said Lisa Syndor, Salvation Army senior center coordinator. “There are more things out there for seniors than we have ever imagined. Many seniors are not aware of about 99 percent of activities open to them. This goes beyond nursing homes and medical care; active seniors adults have access to many exciting, enriching and rewarding experiences.”

Information will be offered about housing available to seniors, medical, home health care, transportation and communications through such participants as OK Housing Authority, Catholic Charities, Cricket Communications and senior living communities.

“So many things are out there for seniors who are volunteering, traveling, working full-time,” said Syndor. “For instance, there are RV Clubs and sites that cater to only seniors and have special rates for traveling.”

Lunch will be available for a donation.

The mission of Salvation Army Senior Program is to offer programs for senior citizens that enhance self-worth, dignity and the intrinsic value of each individual. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command provides senior programs at five centers in Central Oklahoma County.

The event is free to attend. For more information, contact Lisa at 631-1462 or Sherrie at 789-9892.

(09.07.12) ANGEL TREE program appointments under way! Families invited to participate

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is starting to enroll families in the Christmas Angel Tree program.

Appointments can only be done in person; NO call in appointments will be taken!

To schedule, families must bring required documentation (listed below) when they arrive for the actual appointment in late September and late October.

 The Salvation Army is scheduling family and children for Angel Tree NOW for the week of Sept. 25-29. Clients MUST come to the Social Services office at 501 S. Harvey to make an appointment from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Limit is 1,200 clients.

After the  first week of appointments are completed that week, The Salvation Army will be able to schedule for the next period, Oct. 23 -17, based on the actual response to the first week.

The October appointments will resume Oct. 1; apply in person.

 For Seniors age 62 and older, the Social Services Offices will accept appointments in person on Fridays begining with Sept. 7. NO call in registrations will be taken. Note Seniors will actually register at this visit and will need to bring all appropriate documents at this time.

Senior applications will continue each Friday for a maximum of 300 applications.

The following is a list of information required when “Registering” for Christmas 2012 at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. Seniors bring all at there Registration visit on Fridays, families with children bring all of this information when they come to their appointments in late September and late October.

* Picture ID (Driver’s License, State-issued ID, Governmental/Military ID, Passport or ID from country of origin) for ALL adult household members

* Official Certified State Issued Birth Certificates (not the hospital issued Birth Certificate) or DHS Benefits Statement (must include name, birth date and social security number) for ALL children in the home, ages  0 – 14 years

* Social Security Cards, legal documents bearing Social Security numbers or  equivalent documentation from country of origin
for ALL household members

* Proof of Household Income – Pay stub, award letter, unemployment verification.  If NO income verification is available, you may bring DHS  Benefits Statement (must include name, birth date, social security number,   benefit type and amount)  

* Proof of Residency (current gas, electric, propane or water utility bill or lease/mortgage agreement)

* Proof of Expenses (household, vehicles, medical, any monthly payments, etc.)

Please do not bring children to your appointment!


(09.06.12) Celebration of Hope Gala features OKC Thunder’s Rumble and MORE!

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary annual fall fundraiser, “Celebration of Hope.”  The event is set for Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at the Marriott Hotel, Northwest Expressway.

The Auxiliary’s goal is to raise $125,000 to help meet the ever-increasing needs of suffering families in Central Oklahoma.

The Celebration of Hope starts at 6 p.m. with live and silent auctions, dinner, entertainment and inspiration. The Honorary Chair of the event is Rumble the Bison from The Oklahoma City Thunder and special guest is Kelly Garrison, an Oklahoma Olympic gymnast and speaker.

Entertainment will be provided by June Carter and emcee for the event is Mike Boatman, Oklahoma Toastmasters International speech champion.

Tickets are $60 with preferred tables of 10 for $1,000.

Monies raised by this year’s “Celebration of Hope” will open “a huge door of opportunity for good works” by providing financial assistance for these Central Oklahoma Area Command Salvation Army programs and services, said Associate Area Commander Major Francina Proctor.

Funds raised will go toward:

•        Christmas Assistance for over four thousand needy children and senior adults

•        Supplies for the Men’s, Women’s, and Family Shelters

•        Scholarships for the Boys & Girls Club

•        Food and equipment for the Food Pantry, Red Shield Kitchen, and Thanksgiving Community Brunch

“I hope you will consider partnering with me to help God’s people in need.  Know that every penny received will go these programs,” said Proctor.  “Also know that a gift in any amount will be a blessing and will help The Salvation Army to continue ‘Doing the Most Good’ for many who have lost all hope.”

Please make your check payable to SAWA “Celebration of Hope.”

For more information, contact The Salvation Army Oklahoma City at 405-246-1100.

(08.23.12) Applications for Angel Tree to begin Aug. 27

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s 2012 Christmas Angel Tree Program will begin sign up appointments on Aug. 27.

This program provides assistance for families with children ages 0-14 years of age and for senior citizens age 62 and older.  Oklahoma County residents only.

Applications for 2012 Christmas Angel Tree Program will be by appointment only.

So that you may apply for assistance, Oklahoma County area residents must go in person to The Salvation Army Social Services Office to receive an appointment letter.

The Salvation Army
501 S Harvey
(corner of SW 4th and Harvey)

Appointments can be made from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Social Services Office beginning Aug. 27.

(08.20.12) Red Hot Kettle Run heats up this Saturday; Volunteers still needed

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will once again host the Red Hot Kettle Run 5K and 10K on Aug. 25 at Regatta Park, 725 S Lincoln,  in Oklahoma City’s boathouse district.

All funds from the race will go to The Salvation Army Social Services office to help provide food assistance, utility assistance and shelter to Central Oklahoma’s neediest citizens. The run will begin at 7 a.m. sharp at the Regatta Park. Runners will receive a T-shirt and winning gifts for each age group.

runThe start and finish are located at Regatta Park, off Byers Avenue, just west of the Byers Avenue Bridge. Race day registration will be under the pavilion in the park.

Packet Pick will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Salvation Army location at 311 SW 5th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. Avoid the rush! Pick up early.


Volunteers are still needed to help with water stops, registration and other tasks. Please volunteer by calling Lois Green at 405-246-1101.


(08.20.12) Pens, Paper and… UNDERWEAR? Salvation Army gives out undergarments for Back-to-School

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Back to School Program began on Monday, July 23.

The Salvation Army gives out new underwear and new socks to children in grades K-12 until supplies run out and the goal is to serve 1,000 school aged children with a weeks worth of undergarments.

From July 23 – 26, 2012, we assisted over 800 students with approximately 12,075 individual undergarments for Back to School.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has chosen to assist these children by providing undergarments as they return to school for the coming year. Each year has seen an increase in program needs.

The volume of children assisted each year, are as follows; 2009 – 373 children, 2010 – 412 children and 2011 – 607 children. W

“We are expecting this upward trend to continue as the general needs of our community have continued to increase over the past year,” said Salvation Army Social Services Director Ashley Jones. “Estimates for individuals applying this year are between 800 and 1,000 individuals.”

For information or to receive Back to School undergarments, call Salvation Army Social Services at 246-1060.

(08.20.12) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma donates $15K matching funds for wildfire victims

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma will match dollar for dollar donations up to $15,000

August 13, 2012 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has announced it will donate up to $15,000 to The Salvation Army in a matching grant to assist wildfire victims in rebuilding their lives after wildfires destroyed 375 homes.

The company will donate the money to The Salvation Army disaster fund. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma will match dollar for dollar every donation from the public up to $15,000 for use in wildfire recovery. The Central Oklahoma Area Command will receive $7,500 of the matching funds for local disaster recovery efforts.

“Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma for this matching grant. Having worked with victims of these wildfires, this support is greatly needed to help our neighbors put their lives back together. Please help them by donating,” said Major Dan Proctor, Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Commander.

Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks.  More than 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and officers.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command was active in Luther, Geary and Noble during the wildfires and is part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Luther and Noble, which are giving out $100 gift cards to help wildfire victims purchase some basic needed supplies such as meals.

“As a local health insurer, we want to take care of the communities where we live and work, and what better way to do that than to help Oklahomans in their most desperate hours,” said Dr. Joseph Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Health Care Management at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “It is a privilege to be able to stand with our members in their time of need.”

The money from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma matching grant will help the victims with whatever they need to rebuild their lives.

Call:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (Monetary donations only)


(Click on “Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts”)

Mail:  The Salvation Army

Attn:  Oklahoma Wildfires

PO Box 2095

Oklahoma City, OK  73120

(08.20.12) Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Member Wins National Photography Contest

A distinguished panel of judges has selected a Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club member to be a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2012 ImageMakers National Photography Contest.

Najahahn Jenkins’ photos Ghost” & “See Through in the Alternative and Digital categories respectively were selected along with 18 other photographs as a winner of the ImageMakers National Photography Contest from thousands submitted by aspiring young artists in Clubs and Youth Centers across the nation.

Josh Huling heads up the ImageMakers Program at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Central Oklahoma.

Najahahn Jenkins

“I am thrilled that Najahahn’s creativity and dedication are being recognized on a national level,” said Megan Brown-Ellis, unit director for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “I am equally proud of Josh Huling and his now multi-award winning photography program.”

The ImageMakers National Photography Contest winners will be displayed at various Boys & Girls Clubs of America conferences and will be viewed by hundreds of conference delegates throughout the year.

”We aren’t surprised at the level of talent our kids have at the Club,” said Richard White, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. “Najahahn is one of the shining stars of Josh Huling’s photography program at the Club. We are very proud of his accomplishments and that he will represent The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on a national basis.”

A plaque and letter from Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America will be presented to Jenkins.  In addition, the image will be placed on in the virtual gallery for viewing in the future.