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.
The amount exceeded the goal of $552,780, and surpassed the $645,848.22 amount the organization collected in 2011.
“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.
– 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
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.
“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.
“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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2012 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has announced it will donate up to $15,000 to The Salvation Army in a matching grant to assist wildfire victims in rebuilding their lives after wildfires destroyed 375 homes.
The company will donate the money to The Salvation Army disaster fund. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma will match dollar for dollar every donation from the public up to $15,000 for use in wildfire recovery. The Central Oklahoma Area Command will receive $7,500 of the matching funds for local disaster recovery efforts.
“Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma for this matching grant. Having worked with victims of these wildfires, this support is greatly needed to help our neighbors put their lives back together. Please help them by donating,” said Major Dan Proctor, Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Commander.
Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks. More than 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and officers.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command was active in Luther, Geary and Noble during the wildfires and is part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Luther and Noble, which are giving out $100 gift cards to help wildfire victims purchase some basic needed supplies such as meals.
“As a local health insurer, we want to take care of the communities where we live and work, and what better way to do that than to help Oklahomans in their most desperate hours,” said Dr. Joseph Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Health Care Management at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “It is a privilege to be able to stand with our members in their time of need.”
The money from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma matching grant will help the victims with whatever they need to rebuild their lives.
Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (Monetary donations only)
(Click on “Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts”)
Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 2095
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
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.
“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.
When you donate goods to The Salvation Army, those items are then sold at our Family Stores. The proceeds are used to fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those struggling with drugs and alcohol find help, hope, and a second chance at life.
Find your nearest drop off location or call to schedule a pick up by clicking here.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club serves families and children ages 6-17 on the southeast side of Oklahoma City. Our goal is for all of our members to be academically successful, lead healthy lives, and develop great character and citizenship by growing in faith. We offer after-school and full-day programs, homework help, year round sports programs, classes in drama, dance, music, visual arts, digital arts, and photography, and a host of fun physical activities.
For more information on this program, click here.