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Central Oklahoma Salvation Army to Serve on the Front Lines

The Central Oklahoma Area Command of The Salvation Army will be busy serving those affected by the effects of Hurricane Harvey.   Kenny Kelly, Emergency Disasters Services Coordinator for the Central Oklahoma Area Command, will deploy to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve as the Canteen Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster response operations in Corpus Christi, TX and immediately surrounding areas.  The Salvation Army canteen is a mobile feeding unit, and as Canteen Coordinator, Mr. Kelly will be managing the overall operation and services provided by The Salvation Army’s Canteen fleet meeting the needs of victims and first responders in the Corpus Christi area.

From the Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional headquarters in Oklahoma City, Cindy Fuller, Divisional Communications Director and Laurie Fried, Divisional Disaster and Recovery Coordinator, will also be deployed to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi.  Cindy Fuller will serve as the Public Information Officer and Laurie Fried as the Liaison Officer, responsible for representing The Salvation Army’s Incident Command with other disaster relief organizations and government agencies.

The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is also deploying Officers from Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff and Springdale, Arkansas as well as Ardmore, Oklahoma City and Shawnee, Oklahoma as part of the Incident Command Center to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Resources are staged and ready to serve.

A total of 42 mobile kitchens – each with the capacity to serve am average pf 1.500 meals per day – are headed to forward staging areas in Dallas and San Antonio in preparation for deployment.   Eight of those units are from The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma.   Disaster response leadership teams will be positioned in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston and Corpus Christi to coordinate the ongoing disaster response.

The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that have found themselves in the path of the storm.  Water, cleanup kits, food and shelter supplies have been staged and are ready to be sent to the affected areas.  Mobile feeding units and crews have been deployed from the following Arkansas and Oklahoma locations:

  • Central Oklahoma Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and two feeding units.
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Ardmore, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Enid, Oklahoma is deploying a crew to serve.
  • Rogers, Arkansas is deploying crew members to serve.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.  Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301                        
    Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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The Salvation Army 2017 Angel Tree Program Begins

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will begin handing out appointment letters for the 2017 Angel Tree Program for residents in Oklahoma County beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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 presents and a food box. Last year, over 2,000 families received Christmas assistance through The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Angel Tree program.
For more information and the latest updates, please visit The Salvation Army’s website at www.salvationarmyokcac.org/christmas

Beginning August 1, appointment letters will be available on:

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

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

In order to receive Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, individuals must bring a photo ID to collect an appointment letter.

The appointment letter includes a date, time and instructions on eligibility for The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Once the letter is collected, individuals will need to follow all of the instructions and bring the necessary documentation to their appointment assigned in their letter.

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. (Residents of ZIP code 73160 should contact The Salvation Army in Norman at 405-364-9910.)

Ready to Serve in Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to welcome its new Area Commanders, Majors Dan and Mary Matthews. They assumed their position on June 26 and have quickly settled into their new surroundings and are looking forward to getting to know the community and continuing the work of The Salvation Army.
 
Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years. Majors Dan and Mary are enthusiastic and dynamic leaders and come to Oklahoma City from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where for the last two years they were responsible for the programs and services of the The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas Area Command.
 
Prior to their appointment in Fayetteville, they served as Salvation Army Administrators for the Birmingham, AL Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), and as Corps Officers in Charlottesville, VA; Lake Worth, FL; & Vero Beach, FL. In 2000, they graduated from The Salvation Army’s School for Officer’s Training. Prior to leadership in The Salvation Army, they served as missionaries in Novgorod, Russia. While missionaries, they had the opportunity to work with medical teams and other social services projects to meet practical needs of individuals. Those outreaches provided an avenue to show and share God’s love with the people. It was this exposure to human hurt and need that drew them to the mission of The Salvation Army. After returning home from the mission field, they were introduced to The Salvation Army and chose to join their ministry and mission.
 
“It has been exciting to meet the people of Oklahoma City and discover the opportunities for ministry here,” said Major Dan Matthews. “We look forward to meeting the needs of the community and ‘Doing The Most Good’ alongside the staff, volunteers and supporters of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.”
 
The couple is responsible for all programs and services at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma, as well as oversight of The Salvation Army Canadian County Service Unit and The Salvation Army of Cleveland County.
 

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The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Raising Funds to Purchase Bicycles for Needy Children at Christmas

You may be thinking about firecrackers, but there is a group of “elves” thinking about Christmas.

Beginning July 1, the Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will distribute over 100 counter top Red Kettles to area businesses to collect donations for the Buck$ 4 Bikes program.

The Buck$ 4 Bikes program was founded in 2006 to help families in need at Christmas. In 2016, 1,535 children wished for a bike and 1,535 received one which is a first for this program.

The 2017 Buck$ 4 Bikes program goal is 1,550 bikes for needy boys and girls. Every penny donated to this cause will go to the purchase of a new Huffy bicycle with prices ranging from $34 to $52.

Sparklers in July are temporary. Sparkles in a child’s eyes on Christmas last forever. Help us make a child’s wish come true.

To donate funds to purchase a bike, visit one of the area businesses below during the month of July.

Donations can also be made by mailing a check to: 

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary
Attn: Major Mary Matthews
1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Memo: Buck$ 4 Bikes

Businesses participating in the Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser:

Advance Chiropractic

Advantage Bank

Al’s Bicycle Store OKC

Al’s Bicycle Store Edmond

All Arvest Bank locations in Oklahoma County and Cleveland County

BancFirst locations in Harrah, Jones, Nicoma Park, & Del City

Bandana Reds Diner, Choctaw

Beauty Mark Salon, Moore

Coffee Slingers

Cuppies & Joe

Del Rancho Midwest City

Fellers-Snider Law Office

First Bethany Bank – 2 locations

First National Bank – all locations in Oklahoma County & Cleveland County

Foxx Pools

Golf USA

Grand Junction Clothing

Greenway Plaza Tag Agency

H&H Gun Range

Heritage Lanes Bowling Center

Homeland located on NW 122nd

Huntington Jewelers

Jasco

J’s Hallmark – all locations in Oklahoma County & Cleveland County

Liberty Mutual

Maccini Construction

OKC Rotary Club

Napoleon Deli in Midwest City

Old Dominion Freight Lines

Pace Butler Corporation

Paris Plaza 66

Platinum Beauty Salon

Pro Bikes

Price Edwards

Quail Creek Bank

RCB Bank – all locations in Oklahoma County & Cleveland County

Schlegel Bicycles

State Beauty Supply

Swiss Cleaners – all locations

TBS

The Bicycle Store

The Blue Bean

The Buzz Coffee Shop

The Enchanted Cottage

Tilted Tulip Boutique

Tinker Tag Agency

Veritiv

Wheeler Dealer Bicycle

A Place to Find Hope: Danell’s Story

Danell was nervous the first time he visited The Salvation Army of Cleveland County. He had recently experienced a stroke which left him out of a job. He had lost his place in the world and needed help, “This was the first time I have asked or needed help so I felt a little nervous at first. I had worked all my life and now found myself needing help”. The Salvation Army of Cleveland County provided Danell emergency shelter, “It was a life changer. Without the shelter I would be out on the streets. It made all the difference in the world to me”.

He worked with The Salvation Army of Cleveland County to get him back on his feet again. They assisted Danell by locating permanent housing. “I felt great when I knew that I would have a place to call home. I was nervous about what the future would hold for me but am so thankful for those who helped me every step of the way”.

Danell cannot stop praising the team at The Salvation Army of Cleveland County for going the distance for him, “They provided an opportunity for me to stay in the shelter…they gave me a chance. The Salvation Army is a great organization and I have seen firsthand how much they truly want to help people.”

He indeed has seen firsthand the need in the community, being on the receiving side for a short timeframe, and shared how important it is for individuals to support The Salvation Army. “The money really goes to people who need it on a daily basis. I rang the bell at Christmas time and enjoyed that experience very much. People are so generous. I would encourage people to give what you can.”

Thank you for investing in the lives of individuals like Danell! To make a gift, please text HopeOKC to 41444 or go online https://app.mobilecause.com/form/drynoA

Together we are providing hope for our community and #DoingTheMostGood!

Service is the Foundation of The Salvation Army

I have known about The Salvation Army since 1945. My father was a dedicated supporter and he was a life member of The Salvation Army Advisory Council in Kansas. I decided to become a council member of The Salvation Army of Cleveland County because I wanted to follow my father’s example and I am dedicated to serve The Salvation Army.

During my ten years of service on the advisory council, I have enjoyed the opportunities to serve and the relationships I have developed along the way. It continually amazes me as the years go by about everything The Salvation Army does. I would say that “service” best defines The Salvation Army because it is the foundation of all who they are and what they do.

The one thing I wish others knew about The Salvation Army of Cleveland County is all the good it does by providing a multitude of services to those in need, regardless of race or religion. One of those services, and one I am most proud of, is social services. Leona Chapman, the director of social services for Cleveland County, and her team provide for those in need in our community through community meals, pantry and shelter.

I like to work with those who like to serve and are willing to serve whomever and whenever it is needed. The Salvation Army of Cleveland County is a shining example of what The Salvation Army is all about thanks to Major Margaret Kennell, an advisory council, and a multitude of volunteers all working together towards the same mission, and that is “to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination”.

Bob Staples, Advisory Council Member
The Salvation Army of Cleveland County

The Salvation Army is Love: Insights from an Advisory Council Member

I grew up with first-hand knowledge of the Salvation Army after being taken, along with my siblings, by the state and placed in our grandmother’s home. My grandmother was a supporter of The Salvation Army and had to rely upon its services to help clothe and feed us.

One way I decided to give back as I got older was by becoming an advisory council member of The Salvation Army of Cleveland County. I lived out of country for many of my adult years, so when we returned to Oklahoma I decided to get involved in volunteering to pay back the awesome care received as a child. I have been most surprised at the extent of homelessness and need in Cleveland County since becoming a council member.

Throughout my tenure serving on the council, I have enjoyed watching the programs grow, especially the Red Shield Club, working with the officers and staff, and being part of the progress over the last few years. The program The Salvation Army of Cleveland County offers I am most proud of is the Red Shield Club. If we care for the children and teach them to care for and respect others they will in turn provide for a better society as they become adults.

The one word that personifies The Salvation Army to me is LOVE… there is truly no discrimination towards any person in need! I wish that others knew about the commitment of the officers and staff to make Cleveland County a better place to live and raise a family.

Although my awesome siblings and I, nine brothers and two sisters, experienced a troublesome childhood, we all grew into caring, respectful and giving adults due to a Godly grandmother and thanks to the assistance provided by The Salvation Army! Together we are “Doing the Most Good” and I feel blessed to be involved with such a caring and generous organization serving the people in our community.

Betty Goss, Advisory Council Member
The Salvation Army of Cleveland County

To make a gift to support The Salvation Army’s many programs and services, please text HopeOKC to 41444 or go online https://app.mobilecause.com/form/drynoA

 

Story of Hope: Patricia

Patricia and her husband worked for 27 years in door-to-door sales by traveling around the country making a living. But due to some health issues Patricia was facing, they came off the road and settled in Oklahoma City. Arriving with nothing but what they had with them, Patricia and her husband stayed in a local shelter to begin again.

After two weeks, Patricia’s husband had a job and three months later, they were in an apartment of their own. Patricia found doctors who helped control her health issues and their lives seemed to be rolling along smoothly until six months later when a storm flooded their apartment. It was condemned and though they quickly found a new place, an increase in their monthly rent became a heavy burden.

Then Patricia’s husband’s hours were cut back. Finally, Patricia stepped out of her comfort zone and asked for help.

“The fear of a lot of people who are in my situation is judgment. When you have to ask for help with certain things you feel less than,” Patricia shared. “But here at The Salvation Army, when I come here to the pantry, they don’t make me feel less than. They just make me feel that they’re here to help me and anything I need; they’re going to do their best to help and I appreciate that. It makes a big, big difference in a person’s life.”

It was hard for Patricia to ask for help that first time but since then, she’s never looked back.

“Without The Salvation Army’s food pantry, we’d be short on food every month. The money runs out once you pay the rent and utilities. Whatever’s left is for food and that’s very little.”

Because of your generous support of The Salvation Army, families like Patricia’s are provided with groceries that feed them for a month. We could not help Patricia without your support and on her behalf, we say thank you.

If you’d like to continue supporting our Client Choice Food Pantry:

  • Sign up to volunteer by contact Liz Banks, volunteer coordinator, at 405-246-1107 or banks@uss.salvationarmy.org.
  • Host a food drive for the pantry! Contact Liz Banks for more information.
  • Donate now by giving online. Click here to give.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma 2016 Christmas Successes


The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command saw an increase in donations and households served in 2016 from the previous Christmas season. The Red Kettle campaign raised $606,657.61 in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Canadian Counties, an increase of 4.68 percent over the 2015 campaign. 
 
“This Christmas was our best season to date. Despite the challenges our economy faced in 2015, the community stepped up to meet the needs of our families and generously gave to the Red Kettle,” said Major Carlyle Gargis, area commander at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “We are overwhelmed with joy and continue to offer up thanks to God for everyone who gave of their time, talent and treasure to help our neighbors in need.”
 
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and Red Kettle campaign would not have been a success without the help of the 2,737 volunteers who served 13,935 hours during November and December. 
 
These volunteer hours were crucial to meeting the 16.7 percent increase of households seeking assistance through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. The Angel Tree program provided 2,089 families with Christmas gifts and food donated by the Central Oklahoma community. 
 
“Though the need was greater, we trusted in God to make a way. This community became the hands and feet of Jesus through each doll, toy truck and bicycle they gave,” said Major Charlotte Gargis, associate area commander. “On behalf of all of our families, we say thank you.”
 
It wasn’t just individuals who stepped up to help The Salvation Army meet this increased need. Jasco Products and Express Employment Professionals committed to match their employee’s contributions dollar for dollar to the Angel Tree. Paycom and its employees once again exceeded their previous red kettle gift with a donation of $70,000, holding on to the record for the largest contribution to the red kettle in Oklahoma City. Additional corporate partners who made The Salvation Army’s Christmas a success were the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Enable Midstream Partners, KFOR-TV and iHeartMedia.
 
“The Salvation Army in Central Oklahoma keeps its doors open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to any in need,” said Major Carlyle Gargis. “There are more demands than we can meet on our own but with the community’s continued support, together we are able to provide relief from suffering and set a course for transformed lives year round.”

Salvation Army Extends Deadline for Final Angel Tree Push

 

The Salvation Army is extending the deadline to return Angels to the Angel Trees at Penn Square and Quail Springs Malls until Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. As of today, almost 300 Angels have not been adopted off of the mall Angel Trees and more than 2,700 have not been returned with their gifts.

The Salvation Army needs your help to ensure no child is forgotten this Christmas. Stop by the Angel Tree at Penn Square or Quail Springs Mall before Dec. 15 and adopt an Angel from the tree. The gifts purchased for the children and seniors on the Angel Tree are often the only Christmas gifts they receive.

“Even though our Angels may never know where these gifts come from, the feeling they get on Christmas morning when they open their gifts will stay with them forever,” said Major Charlotte Gargis, associate area commander of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “Once again we ask for the community’s help to make Christmas bright for families in need so no child or senior is forgotten.”

On average, 15 to 20 percent of Angels are not returned because they are lost or forgotten. The Salvation Army is in need of new clothing items and new, unwrapped toys to fill forgotten Angels, ages 6-14, this Christmas.

Toy and clothing donations may be brought to the mall Angel Trees or Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73149, until December 17 at 4 p.m. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Workshop is located on the east side of the mall, in the space formerly occupied by Montgomery Wards.

The Angel Tree families will begin receiving their gifts on December 19 through December 22. Each family will collect their gifts as well as receive a box of food to prepare a Christmas meal.

For questions on how you can help ensure no child is forgotten this Christmas, please contact Major Gargis at 405-246-1113 or charlotte.gargis@uss.salvationarmy.org. Your donation will bring hope to a family this Christmas.