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The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of OKC Kicking Off Adopt-a-Child Campaign

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City is kicking off its annual Adopt-a-Child campaign on June 1st.  This fundraising campaign is created to ensure as many boys and girls as possible have a safe, fun, and stimulating environment to learn, grow, and develop as responsible members of our community.

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club offers programs in sports & fitness, music & arts, educational enrichment, Bible study and leadership development.  Funds collected through the Adopt-a-Child campaign will ensure that children can attend the Club, no matter their household financial situation.

“Through the support of the community, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of OKC will provide hundreds of kids and teens a safe place to develop essential skills, making lasting connections and have fun,” said Melissa Brown, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oklahoma. “As a result, Club kids are more likely to graduate from high school, be physically active every day, and volunteer in their communities. Contributing to the Adopt a Child campaign will make a lasting impact on Oklahoma City youth.”

Since 1950, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City has provided youth a positive experience while providing the opportunity for social development.  The Club also offers members opportunities to experience spiritual growth while establishing a sense of community.

The goal for this year’s campaign is $35,000 which will help sponsor approximately 117 children annually at the cost of $300 per year. Through this campaign, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City will deliver an excellent return on investment in the lives of those who participate. For more information on the Club, campaign and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Brown at 405-314-0717 or visit

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The Salvation Army & Westlake Ace Hardware Team Up for Annual Fan Drive

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Summer is just getting started, temperatures are on the rise and The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma needs help restocking its supply of fans to help those in need beat the summer heat. Westlake Ace Hardware will host a fan drive to benefit The Salvation Army from June 6-23. A monetary donation can be made toward fans at ALL Westlake Ace Hardware Oklahoma City metro stores including those in Bethany, Edmond and Midwest City. The Salvation Army will distribute fans locally throughout the summer to qualified individuals. Any donation amount will be accepted! Westlake Ace Hardware is kicking off the fan drive with a donation of 50 box fans.

WHEN:             Fan Drive Kickoff Celebration – Saturday, June 8, 10am – 1pm (The fan drive continues through June 23 and donations can be made all ALL area Westlake locations.)

WHERE:          Westlake Ace Hardware, 11801 S. Western, Oklahoma City. Stop by for donuts, popcorn and a cold drink.

ONLINE:          To donate to the fan drive online, visit

For information about eligibility to receive a fan, contact The Salvation Army at (405) 246-1100 or visit

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32nd Annual Celebration of Hope Event Featuring Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road

For more information about this event and to purchase your tickets, please contact Jill Walker at 405-627-1334 or via email at

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of OKC Receives $3,000 Grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Pictured: Nancy Anthony, executive director of Oklahoma City Community Foundation, presents Louis Ross, Assistant Unit Director/Sports Coordinator of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City with award check.

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce it has received a $3,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Wellness Initiative grant program. The grant will be used to assist in funding the Triple Play: Healthy Habits program which will allow The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City to increase its level of service to its members.

“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Melissa Brown, executive director. “Our Triple Play: Healthy Habits program will focus on helping our youth make choices that support healthy eating patterns and physical wellness. We appreciate the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.”

Triple Play: Health Habits is a targeted program made up of interactive physical activities that develop a young person’s ability, confidence, and motivation to eat healthy for life. The program components include a pre- and post-evaluation survey for all participants and will work to reinforce the OK5210 message with Club members.

“Funding from Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Wellness Initiative grant will provide our Club with vegetable garden supplies, health and fitness equipment, and speakers who can testify to the importance of healthy eating and make it fun for our kids,” said Brown.

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. For more information about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit

About The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

The mission of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The Club is a youth development program and offers a safe environment for youth ages 6-18 during out of school time. Programming focuses on three core areas: academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship. The Club is led by professional staff and utilizes approved volunteers as mentors. Membership at the Club is kept to a low cost of $20 per month (per child) during the school year. The program runs Monday through Friday from the month of August to May. Membership during the summer months of June and July increases to $100 month (per child) due to weekly field trips in addition to programming. For more information about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, visit or call 405-677-4781. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is a proud partner agency of the United Way of Central Oklahoma.

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Winter Coats Now Available for Oklahoma County Residents

With the continued drop in temperatures, The Salvation Army has coats available to keep Oklahoma County residents warm. Beginning today, November 30, at 9 a.m., individuals in need may come and choose a coat.

“We are ready to help individuals who are in need of a warm winter coat and have one for every size, shape and style,” said Dee Watts, Director of Social Services.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Social Services Office is located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue. Those seeking a coat may enter through the east door off of Pennsylvania. All Oklahoma County residents in need are invited to pick up a coat on the following days and times:

Mondays and Wednesdays
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Basic eligibility rules for families and/or individuals to qualify for and receive coats from this program require:

  1. Picture ID – such as a Driver’s License,  H.NET ID card, State Issued ID, Governmental or Military ID, or Passport or ID from Country of Origin for ALL adult household members
  2. Proof of Residency such as a current utility bill, lease agreement or monthly mortgage statement

For individuals who are homeless, providing their H.NET ID card is sufficient.

For more information, individuals may contact 405-246-1100.

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2018 Christmas Assistance Program for Cleveland County Residents

The Salvation Army is taking applications for Christmas assistance for Cleveland County residents on the following dates: October 8, 9, 22 and 23 from 10am to 3pm; October 11 and 25 from 3pm to 8pm at its Norman offices located at 318 E. Hayes.

The head of household must bring the following items to apply for Christmas assistance:

  • Picture ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID, government/military ID, passport or ID from country of origin) AND
  • DHS Benefits Statement Letter that includes address, income, social security number or other identification number for all household members and benefit amount OR
  • Official Birth Certificates for ALL children in the home, ages 14 & under
  • Social Security Cards or equivalent, legal documents bearing social security numbers or equivalent documentation for country of origin for ALL household members
  • Proof of Income (pay stubs, award letter, unemployment verification, etc.) Important Note: Eligibility is based on income. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.
  • Proof of Residence (utility bill or lease agreement). We assist individuals and families residing in Cleveland County including zip codes 73019, 73026, 73051, 73068, 73069, 73070, 73071, 73072, 73153, 73160, 73165, 73170, 73189, and 74857.

Please remember, you may only apply for Christmas assistance from ONE agency. Duplicate applications will be voided.

Please do not bring children with you to apply.

For questions regarding Christmas assistance in Cleveland County, please contact us at 405.364.9910.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program Begins

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will begin scheduling appointments for the 2018 Angel Tree program for residents in Oklahoma County beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9 a.m. at their social services office located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program helps families with children, ages 0 to 12, and senior citizens, ages 62 and greater, by providing Christmas assistance. Last year, over 2,000 Angels received Christmas assistance through The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Angel Tree program.

Beginning August 1, appointment letters will be available on:

Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In order to receive Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, individuals must bring a photo ID to collect an appointment letter and proof of residency (current gas or electric bill, lease agreement, or notarized letter from the individual with whom one is staying).

Residents of Oklahoma County and residents of ZIP codes 73159, 73165 and 73170 of Cleveland County may come during the stated hours to receive an appointment letter.

For more information and the latest updates, please contact The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100. The deadline to receive an appointment letter for this year’s program is Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 3:30pm.

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It’s Christmas in July for The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Women’s Auxiliary is kicking off their 13th annual Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser in July for Cleveland and Oklahoma counties in anticipation of Christmas.

Beginning July 2, over 100 counter top red kettles will be distributed to area businesses to collect donations. The Buck$ 4 Bikes program was founded in 2006 to help families in need at Christmas. “In 2017, 1,350 children wished for a bike and 1,350 received one thanks to the generosity of Central Oklahomans,” said Major Susan Ellis, area commander. “It is so heartwarming to see how individuals come together to make a child’s wish come true, from those who make a donation to the program and to those who come together each year to assemble the bikes at Christmas.”

The 2018 Buck$ 4 Bikes program goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase bikes this holiday season for needy boys and girls. “This year, we have raised over $10,000 to purchase bicycles. We still have a way to go in achieving this year’s goal,” said Major Ellis. The deadline for this year’s campaign is August 31st. Every penny donated to this cause will go to the purchase of a new Huffy bicycle with prices ranging from $34 to $57. “This year should mark the 10,000th bike to be handed out,” said D’Anna Pulliam, Buck$ 4 Bikes committee chair. “I am extremely pleased that FedEx has confirmed free delivery once again this year of bicycles and our friends at Oklahoma Bicycle Society will be providing a new helmet for each bike purchased.”

Donations may be made by visiting one of the area businesses below before August 6th: 

ADG Architecture

Advance Chiropractic

Advantage Banks

Alray’s Cleaners

Al’s Bicycle on N. MacArthur

All Arvest Bank locations

BancFirst locations in Del City, I-240, Hiawassee & NE 23rd, Harrah

Bandana Reds Diner

Beauty Mark Salon

Celestial Cycles

Coffee Slingers

Cuppies & Joe

Del Rancho in Midwest City

Fellers-Snider Law Office

First Bethany Bank locations

All First National Bank of MWC locations

Foxx Pools

Game HQ

Greenway Plaza Tag Agency

H&H Gun Range & Café

Heritage Lanes Bowling Center

Homeland, located on NW 122nd


Java 39 J’s Hallmark Stores

Liberty Mutual

Maccini Construction

Midwest City YMCA

Napoleon Deli

Okay Yeah Coffee Shop

Old Dominion Freight Lines

Pace Butler Corporation

Paris Plaza 66 Convenience Store

Platinum Beauty Salon

Pro Bikes

Quail Creek Bank

RCB Bank – Downtown OKC & N. Western locations only

Schlegel Bikes

Swiss Cleaners


The Blue Bean

The Buzz Coffee Shop

The Enchanted Cottage

Tilted Tulip Clothing Boutique

Tinker Tag Agency

Totally Tickets


Wheeler Dealer Bicycle

Wilshire Gun Range & Café

Donations may also be made by mailing a check to:

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 

Attn: Major Susan Ellis

1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Memo: Buck$ 4 Bikes

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to Help Raise Funds for Oklahoma Families in Need

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce its annual Home Energy Aid Pancake Breakfast with community partners Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Public Service Company of Oklahoma is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 26th at its 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City location from 7am to 9am.

“We are proud to partner with these utility companies in an effort to provide some comfort and relief to seniors, persons with disabilities, and families on low and fixed incomes during these hot summer months,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander. “The Salvation Army stands ready to help those who are experiencing challenges with their utility bills and I pray the community steps up and helps by supporting this annual fundraising event during Home Energy Aid Month here in Oklahoma.”

Tickets are being sold in advance and day of event. For a $5 ticket, individuals will be treated to a generous stack of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. To go orders will also be available.

“This fundraiser comes at such a crucial time of the year as we see temperatures spike here in Oklahoma,” said Traci Jinkens, director of development. “Funds are critical to meet this ongoing need which is what makes this fundraiser of great importance. Donations and sponsorships for this event will be directed right back into the utility assistance program”.

For more information about utility assistance, contact The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100. For information on sponsorships and making a donation, contact Traci Jinkens at 405-246-1109.

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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Receives $20,000 Grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Pictured left to right: Hans H. Thun, III, Advisory Board Chairman, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma; Erika Warren, Manager, Grants and Programs, Oklahoma City Community Foundation; and Major Thomas McWilliams, Area Commander, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Services for the Elderly iFund grant program. The grant will be used to assist in funding Senior Watch through The Salvation Army’s Senior Programs Department, which will allow the nonprofit to increase its level of service to the population it serves.

“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” says Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander. “These funds will enable us to continue to meet those critical needs being experienced by so many of our seniors. We appreciate the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.”

Through The Salvation Army’s Senior Watch points-of-service, Senior Programs staff are serving as advocates for the well-being of seniors and want to do what they can to help those who truly need assistance. This need may be one of independence or self-sufficiency. It may also fall into the area of urgent or critical need. The needs are as varied as the situation one may face such as receiving a terminal diagnosis and needing assistance to find care options; being relocated to hospice or assisted living; an air conditioning unit crashing in the middle of summer and funding out it is unrepairable; a wheel chair breaking down; refrigerator going out; or, and most heart wrenching, a senior needing a bed as he has been sleeping on the floor for several months, or even years.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma has been serving the elderly population for over 50 years. There are currently four senior centers in the Oklahoma City metro area serving approximately 350-425 seniors each week. The centers are open to anyone age 55 or older, free of charge. Wellness activities, lunch, Bible study, and reading and discussion groups are all a part of the current programming taking place. Those locations are:

5301 N. Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

1000 SW 38th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

5415 S. Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

4301 N. Ann Arbor
Oklahoma City, OK 73122

For more information about Senior Programs, please contact Lisa Sydnor, senior programs manager, at 405-246-1120.

About Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. An initiative of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees, the iFund grant program utilizes gifts from donors to support services for children and elderly, as well as provide access to health care. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Nearly 183,000 Oklahomans receive assistance from The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyokcac.orgThe Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is a proud partner agency of the United Way of Central Oklahoma. 

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