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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

Jasco

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

TBS

The Blue Bean

The Buzz Coffee Shop

The Enchanted Cottage

Tilted Tulip Clothing Boutique

Tinker Tag Agency

Totally Tickets

Veritiv

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:

DANFORTH CENTER
5301 N. Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

REDING CENTER
1000 SW 38th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

SHARTEL CENTER
5415 S. Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

WARR ACRES CENTER
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 www.occf.org.

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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Movers for Moms Collecting Items for Mother’s Day

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Men and a Truck OKC have selected The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s emergency shelter to benefit from this year’s Movers for Moms campaign.

“This is our 7th year participating in the program,” said Adam Mecke, general manager, Two Men and a Truck OKC. “We wanted to find a way to support those women who find themselves in an emergency shelter on Mother’s Day. What better way to celebrate them than to provide them with a collection of comfort and essential items to brighten their day.”

Two Men and a Truck have locations across the United States and all will be collecting donations for distribution to local women’s and family shelters for delivery on Mother’s Day. Last year, the program collected more than 295,000 essential care items for women in hundreds of shelters across the nation. This year, the national goal is 310,000 items.

“We are extremely grateful to have partners that want to step in and bless the women who are residing in our emergency shelter,” said Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “Many who find themselves in need of shelter have nothing but the clothes on their back. This Mother’s Day will be a very special day for our women’s and family shelters and one that will show how much each is loved and cared for.”

Two Men and a Truck OKC are partnering with Legacy Cleaners locations in Edmond and Oklahoma City, as well as Venturis Clinic. Each location will have a drop off box for anyone wishing to donate to the Movers for Moms program. Donations being encouraged are: nice soaps and shower gels; robes; housecoats; slippers; shower shoes; perfumes and body sprays; scented lotions; manicure kits; combs and brushes. All donated items should be new.

Specific drop off locations are as follows:

  • Legacy Cleaners (4917 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City)
  • Legacy Cleaners (1531 East 2nd St. Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (1201 Northwest 178th St. #125, Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (1208 S. Broadway, Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (805 W. Covell St., Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (16504 N. May Ave., Edmond)
  • Two Men and a Truck OKC (216 N Cooley Dr., Oklahoma City)
  • Venturis Clinic (7917 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City)

Businesses wishing to learn more and participate in the Movers for Moms program should contact Two Men and a Truck at 405-708-7707. For more information, please visit twomenandatruck.com/MoversForMoms

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Trained Volunteers are Effective Volunteers

Oklahoma City, OK – In The Salvation Army, preparation for disaster response is an important part of their ability to respond when disaster strikes.   When disasters occur, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need.

We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services training to gain an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work during the Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services section.   Participants will learn how to prepare and equip themselves to help us serve your local community in times of crisis.

What:              Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

When:             March 29, 2018

Time:               1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where:            Oklahoma City, OK (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Liz Banks at 405-246-1107, email her at liz.banks@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training.

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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Closed on Thursday

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Due to the continued winter storm, The Salvation Army Oklahoma City administrative offices and social services office will be closed Thursday, February 22, 2018.

The Salvation Army of Canadian County, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Danforth Senior Center, Reding Senior Center, Shartel Senior Center, and Warr Acres Senior Center will be closed as well.

The Salvation Army shelters and evening meal in Oklahoma City and Norman are ongoing. Shelters are located at:

– 1001 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
– 318 E. Hayes, Norman, OK 73069

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The Salvation Army Opens Its Doors for Emergency Overnight Shelter

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma opens its doors at its 1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue location to those who need emergency overnight shelter during the dangerous cold with the help of its neighbors at The Homeless Alliance, City Care, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Elite Protection Services.

“Thanks to the wonderful support of this community, as well as collaborative partners like The Homeless Alliance, City Care and The United Way, we’re thrilled to be able to open our cold weather shelter,” says Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “The bitterly cold temperatures are a significant danger to families lacking proper housing or a dependable source of hot meals.”

The Salvation Army, a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency, has a valuable resource in this partnership as opportunities to openly discuss the need has led to several agencies stepping up to help. One of those partner agencies is The Homeless Alliance.

“On any given night in Oklahoma City, there are 1,400 people who are homeless, 300 of whom are unsheltered and living on our streets, under bridges and in camps scattered across our community.  When temperatures drop below freezing those people, our neighbors, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, are at horrible risk,” said Dan Straughan, executive director for The Homeless Alliance. “Oklahoma City has a long history of coming together to help our neighbors in need.  In this time of direst need for our city’s 300+ unsheltered homeless people, The Homeless Alliance is proud to stand in the gap with City Care, The Salvation Army and the United Way.”

The Salvation Army warming station will open its doors each evening when the temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below. “May the Lord bless all of those who find themselves out in the frigid conditions as well as those who are stepping in to help as we work together to provide a warm place to those struggling with the cold,” said McWilliams.

In addition to its emergency shelter operations, The Salvation Army also provides a warm meal each evening in its Red Shield Diner and Kitchen where anyone in need of a meal can drop in. The evening meal is served at 5 p.m. The Red Shield Diner & Kitchen annually serves over 150,000 meals.

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(2/6/2014) Salvation Army Winter Weather Relief

The Salvation Army Social Services Office and Food Pantry, located at 501 S. Harvey, Oklahoma City, OK  73109, will close at 4 p.m. today. Our Shelters remain open as Emergency Warming Centers 24 hours providing food, warm clothing and beds.

Oklahoma City Shelter
330 S.W. 4th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Norman Emergency Shelter
318 E. Hayes
Norman, OK 73069

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(1/15/14) Christmas Successes at The Salvation Army

Christmas Distro - Panorama(cropped-small)

Oklahomans Are More Generous than Ever According to Average Daily Red Kettle Totals at
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 15, 2014) – Central Oklahomans gave more each day in The Salvation Army Christmas Red Kettle than ever before. The average daily income for The Salvation Army Red Kettles in 2013 was more than $22,000 up from $17,000 in 2012.

“We are so grateful for Oklahomans who stepped up and gave during this season when we needed it the most,” says Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “With less bell ringing days due to weather and a late Thanksgiving, we were praying for a miracle.”

2013 The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
Central Oklahoma Area Command
Canadian County $29,327.44
Cleveland County $131,068.73
Oklahoma County $313,375.96
Paycom Donation $56,100.00
okckettle.org $3,330.00
Gold Coin and Trinkets $1,805.00
GRAND TOTAL $535,007.13

Last year, The Salvation Army had a total of 38 full bell ringing days. This year, only 24 full bell ringing days were available due to the harsh wintery weather conditions and a late Thanksgiving calendar date.

“The total raised for this year’s Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is $535,007, and we are so grateful,” said Captain Gargis. “If we had the same time as last year to ring bells, we would have met, and even surpassed last year’s record-breaking campaign income of more than $600,000. Oklahomans were more generous than ever this Christmas!   These funds help us stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.”

Oklahomans not only gave of their resources this year, they also gave of their time.   To provide Christmas assistance in 2013, the total number of volunteer hours required was 11,948, fulfilled by 4,553 volunteers.

Christmas Volunteers 2013
Volunteers 4,553
Volunteer Hours 11,948

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals.   Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with a Christmas food box and gifts for children and seniors.

“This year, Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Captain Charlotte Gargis, Associate Area Commander.   “We have received an abundance of ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity.   Because of Oklahomans generosity this Christmas season, these funds will continue to meet on-going needs thoughout the year.   As we say, ‘Need knows no season. Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas and beyond.   Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”

Nearly 100 Red Kettle locations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though December 24. Those locations included Homeland, Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Bass Pro Shops and more.

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma provides services in three counties, including Oklahoma County, Cleveland County and Canadian County.

“The Salvation Army in Central Oklahoma is helping those in need, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis.   “There are more demands than we can meet, but with the community’s continued support year round, we are able to provide relief from suffering and set a course for transformed lives.”

Highlights from this Christmas season are listed below:

  • The organization’s Angel Tree program served more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals through the Christmas season.
  • KFOR ’s Kevin Ogle and OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chairs.
  • Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree and Kettle kickoff on November 15, 2013, with Kevin Ogle, Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls.
  • Downtown Rotary Club 29 had a full day of bell ringing booked for numerous locations, but was cancelled due to weather, so held a special monetary collection at their weekly luncheon.
  • An anonymous donor provided 170 Christmas hams.
  • The total number of volunteer hours in 2013 was 11,948.   The total number of volunteers in 2013 was 4,553.
  • American Fidelity hosted a canned food drive for Christmas season grocery orders.
  • The Salvation Army was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals.
  • HighMount Production LLC Christmas party at the Petroleum Club provided more than 500 toys for teenagers.
  • Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Paycom, Legacy Cleaners, Chesapeake and The Salvation Army has collected more than 4,000 coats and warm winter clothing for Oklahomans this winter.
    The Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Holidazzle Coat Drive on Dec. 12, sponsored by Paycom and KFOR provided 71 coats, 8 scarves and 2 pairs of gloves. Additionally, Paycom collected 95 coats and South OKC Rotary delivered 135 coats from the collection boxes around Central Oklahoma.
  • Chesapeake’s Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive on Dec. 18, provided 286 coats, 63 scarves, 1,127 gloves (pairs), 1,184 hats, and various other warm clothing items.
  • Landmark Homes hosted their Thankmas party again at one of their model homes.   They collected food and more than 700 toys to benefit Angel Tree children.
  • McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took more than 50 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.
  • The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Haws family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for eight of our largest and most needy families.
  • The A. A. Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased clothing and toys for them.
  • Express Personnel, Funk Companies and Smart Start provided about 1,000 toys in a Baron’s Hockey Team box truck.
  • Participated in The Fill the Truck Event at all Central Oklahoma Wal-Marts which collected toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.
  • 861 bicycles were distributed to children in need through Buck$ 4 Bikes.   214 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis Clubs, East Oklahoma County Rotary, N. Oklahoma City Rotary, Southern Nazarene University Men’s Soccer Team, Oklahoma Bike Society, Tinker Airmen and Church volunteers.   Two tractor trailers of bikes from Huffy. $4,200 freight donated by Total Transportation Resources to deliver the new bicycles from Huffy.
  • The Salvation Army celebrated Christmas morning with the shelter residents with gifts for 44 men, 14 women and 11 children.
  • Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center.   In addition, the University of Oklahoma donated the location.
  • Paycom ’s generous $56,100 employee and company match Christmas donation
  • The Thunder Toy drive on December 8 at the Chesapeake Arena provided 500 toys from the fans to be distributed to our Angel Tree families.
  • For the Angel Tree Participants, Feed the Children provided 1,800 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes, 400 Avon boxes for senior citizens Angel Tree recipients, and in Canadian County they provided 200 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes, and in Cleveland County, Feed the Children provided 250 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes.
  • Corporations who adopted Angel Tree families included:
    • The Chickasaw Nation Industries
    • Farmers Insurance
    • America Elite Mixed Martial Arts
    • Clearwater Paper OKC
    • The Addison Group
    • 405 Pride Bike Club
    • Aerospace Human Factors Research
    • Ben E Keith Foods
    • CAMERON Industries
    • CLS Plasma
    • Cole and Reed
    • Continental Resources Inc.
    • Department of Environmental Quality
    • Enable Midstream Partners/Enogex
    • Express Employment Professionals
    • GE Women’s Network-OKC Hub
    • HAC Inc. – Homeland
    • Mandy Haws, Sooner Bowling
    • Mary’s Maid Service Inc.
    • McFarlin United Methodist Church
    • Metro Transit
    • Northrop Grumman Corp.
    • Office of Acquisition FAA Aeronautical Center
    • Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
    • Oklahoma Educational Television Authority – OETA
    • Platt College
    • Southeast High School JROTC
    • The Greens Country Club
    • Thom-Dobson-Womack , Inc.
    • And more!
  • Senior Christmas lunch served more than 500 seniors at The Salvation Army’s five Senior Center Christmas celebrations. Each senior also received a Disaster Readiness Bag which included a flashlight, batteries and first-aid kit.
  • Oklahoma City and Norman shelter guests, bell ringers and community were invited to participate in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Salvation Army locations and received 608 prayer requests and 122 professions of faith.