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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.

 

(04.01.13) Michelle Pritchard is Appointed as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City Unit Director

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is pleased to announce that Michelle Pritchard has been appointed The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City Unit Director.

Michelle grew up in Shawnee, OK, and received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, and is a Graduate of Leadership Shawnee.  She previously was employed for more than seven years as the Youth and Family Resource Center Assistant Executive Director in Shawnee, and as a Counselor for juveniles on probation, helping youth develop skills to build a positive future.

“I was looking for a new opportunity and the position at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club seemed like the perfect way for me to continue working with youth but also allowed me the opportunity to work on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.  The staff has been amazing and our Club Members are such a joy. I am eager to be a part of the Club’s future and to increase our positive impact in the community,” said Pritchard.

Michelle is married to Mark Pritchard, the Recruiting and Retention Non-Commissioned Officer for the Army National Guard.  She enjoys spending time with her family, and running.  She hopes to run a marathon in the future.  Michelle has attended several trainings, including ‘Within My Reach’ and ‘Finding Words’, and has also been trained as a Grievance Coordinator and Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist.

(02.13.13) 1,000s of Winter Coats Available to Oklahomans in Need

As the snow falls, The Salvation Army has 1,000s of winter coats available to keep Oklahomans warm.
Thanks to the generous donations of Oklahomans through the Brad Edwards KFOR Warmth 4 Winter Program, County Commissioner Brian Maughan’s Office, the South Oklahoma City Rotary and Chesapeake’s Winter on Western event, The Salvation Army in downtown Oklahoma City has 1,000s of coats to keep Oklahomans warm.
“For anyone who needs a winter coat we have one for every size, shape and style. From youth to seniors, we have something for everyone that will be sure to keep you warm,” said County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
The Salvation Army’s Social Services Office is located at 501 S. Harvey, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73109.
All Oklahomans are invited to pick up a coat on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, and 1 – 4 p.m.

(01.23.13) Record-breaking Year for The Salvation Army 2012 Kettle Campaign

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 23, 2013) – The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign raised $651,717 that will be used to aid the poor in Central Oklahoma, officials announced today.

Canadian County

Cleveland County

Oklahoma
County

Total

2010 Actual

$26,115.00

$96,601.00

$442,648.00

$565,364.00

2011 Goal

$28,727.00

$106,261.00

$464,780.00

$599,768.00

2011 Actual

$30,772.15

$155,195.07

$459,881.00

$645,848.22

2012 Goal

$32,000.00

$110,000.00

$410,780.00

$552,780.00

2012 Actual

$52,266.49

$164,967.51

$434,483.00

$651,717.00

The amount exceeded the goal of $552,780, and surpassed the $645,848.22 amount the organization collected in 2011.

2011 2012
Volunteers 2,432 6400
Volunteer Hours 9,915 17,477

“We’re very grateful,” Major Dan Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Commander said. “The increases in Canadian and Cleveland counties played a large role in the success of this year’s campaign. None of this would have been possible without the community’s support.”

Oklahomans not only gave of their resources in abundance this year, they also gave of their time in record amounts.  We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012.  An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers.   Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours.  The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477.  The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.

In another record, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals.  Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with food, Angel Tree Program toys, and clothing during Christmas, Salvation Army officials said. Some of the funds will also be used to stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.

“This year Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Major Francina Proctor, Associate Area Commander.  “We have received an abundance of  ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity.  We are extending these words of thanksgiving from the single family homes, grandparents raising grandchildren, senior citizens, and even from a prisoner who wrote: Christmas can be a sad time for many as it highlights separation from loved ones.  The love of Christ reflected through ministries such as yours helps to ease this pain, thank you and God bless you.  Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas.  Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”

A total of 84 Red Kettle stations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though Dec. 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 Major Dan Proctor.  “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 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals through the Christmas season.

-       OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chair.

-       Yukon Homeland hosted the Kettle kickoff.

-       Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree kickoff, with the Thunder Girls, and Kevin Ogle.

2011 2012
Volunteers 2,432 6400
Volunteer Hours 9,915 17,477

-       We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012.  An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers.   Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours.  The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477.  The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.

-       The Salvation Army was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals.

-       Landmark Homes had a Thankmas party at one of their model homes.  They collected food and toys to benefit children in our program.

-       McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took over 100 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.

-       The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Hawes family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for six of our largest and most needy families.

-       The Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased food and clothing for them.

-       The Fill the Truck Event at WalMart helped gather over 100 toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.

-       Warmth4Winter Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Comm. Brian Maughan’s office and The Salvation Army has collected thousands of coats for Oklahomans this winter.

-       830 Bicycles were distributed to children in need (Buck$ 4 Bikes).  220 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis, NW OKC Rotary, Oklahoma Bike Society, Southern Nazarene University 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.

-       Partnership with Food & Shelter Inc. to have a Christmas party for clients in the combined shelters, as well as the homeless clients.  Food & Shelter provided the gifts, and we provided the food.  Joan and Richard Day sponsored the Shelter Christmas party.

-       Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center.  In addition, Dr. Lackey who donated the space, and Judy Hatfield of Equity Real estate for coordinating it.

-       Paycom’s generous $32,000 employee and company match Christmas donation

-       Northpark Mall Big Night Out benefit

-       Mid-America Christian University/Tyler Media, Thunder Toy drive.

-       Chesapeake Winter on Western Warmth4Winter Coat Drive

-       Senior Christmas lunch

(01.17.13) Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking

Join us for a Candlelight Vigil to Honor the Victims of Human Trafficking

Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking
on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza

This January, Oklahomans Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 17, 2013) – In observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force invites all Oklahomans to attend a Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza.

  • Candlelight Vigil honoring Human Trafficking Victims Program (about 20 minutes)
  • Opening Prayer: Mrs. Cindy Lankford (Congressman James Lankford’s wife)
  • Song: “Amazing Grace”– Emily Elkins, LifeChurch.tv
  • Governor’s Proclamation: Attorney General Scott Pruitt
  • Featured Speaker: Wilma Lively, Day Spring Villa
  • Closing Prayer: Pastor Mark Crow, Victory Church

“According to experts, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. Free the Slaves conservatively estimates there are 27 million men, women, and children in slavery at any given time. Eighty percent of all victims are women, and HALF of them are children. The victims of human trafficking are trapped in a life of misery…often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or taken to grueling jobs and forced to work for little or no pay,” said Major Leisa Hall, Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma. “Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, second only to drugs as the largest criminal enterprise in the world. Shockingly, the average entry age for trafficked victims in the sex industry is 12-14 years old. Even here in America, our nation’s sons and daughters are being forced to work as sex slaves and we need your help to get the word out.”

“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery. As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.” – President Barack Obama, as stated in his Presidential Proclamation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/30/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent

“Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation for human trafficking. Geographically, Oklahoma is the crossroads of the nation; we have three major interstates that run right through the heart of our State. Traffickers are driving through our state every day,” said Suzi Hanson, OATH (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Coalition Volunteer. “Human Trafficking is an issue of vulnerability and Oklahoma is in the top for all the wrong things – teenage pregnancy, teenage homelessness, child abuse to name a few and we are in the bottom for the wrong things as well – 49th in education and according to the last census, we were 46th in per capita income. If you are a bad guy looking for vulnerable, broken, hurting, young girls, Oklahoma is the place to be.”

More Candlelight Vigil Details:

  • Friday, January 25, 6 p.m., South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building
  • Governor’s Proclamation
  • Oklahoma City Mayor’s Office is illuminating the Skydance Bridge in the color blue in observance of the Vigil and Human Trafficking Awareness color.
  • Battery-operated candles and blue pin-on ribbons will be available for participants.

Upcoming Human Trafficking Events

OATH (Oklahoman Against Trafficking Humans) Fundraising Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Skirvin Hotel

Contact: Suzi Hanson at suzihanson420@gmail.com or 405-822-8230

Miss Oklahoma 2012 will be our emcee for the luncheon, and you will learn more about human trafficking and how it relates to Oklahoma. Additionally, a survivor of human trafficking, trafficked here in Oklahoma, will share her story. Projects to include, but not limited to, awareness campaigns, getting this information into schools educating our sons and daughters, and research into opening a home for girls who are rescued from sex trafficking under the age of 18.

Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking Online Discussion

January 22, 2013, 11 a.m.

Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.

Community Summit on Human Trafficking

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.), Location: TBA

Contact: Major Leisa Hall at leisa_hall@uss.salvationarmy.org

About OATH

Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.), is a local non-profit, 501(c)3, that focuses on helping people understand human trafficking. Our mission is to expose this issue, identify possible victims, and help them get the services that they need for recovery. Many Americans are stunned to find that this is not only an international and national problem, but that it strikes at the very heart of our great state of Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma is one of the top states in our nation for recruiting and trafficking slaves for the sex industry. The United States is the number one destination for child sex trafficking. Our children are at risk and we at O.A.T.H. want you to know how to protect the ones you love!

*Statistics from Federal Agencies, FBI, OBN, OATH, Salvation Army and Polaris

(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.

To REGISTER: https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/84958

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)

Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

(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 bgca.org in the virtual gallery for viewing in the future.