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2014 Angel Tree Program & Locations

Thanks to your generosity, no Angel was Forgotten.

On behalf of our families we say Thank You!

December 19, 2014

 

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December 11, 2014

As of December 10, 1,600 Angels had not been returned. Due to this high number, the deadline to return Angel Tree gifts has been extended until December 13 at 4 p.m. Donors should bring their gifts to Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73149 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Salvation Army’s distribution center is located on the east side of the mall, in the space formerly occupied by Montgomery Wards.

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, unwrapped toys and clothing items to fill these Angels, ages 6-14, this Christmas. Toy and clothing donations may also be brought to Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads until December 13.

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

The 2014 Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Christmas is one of the best times of the year in The Salvation Army. The red kettles are out in the community as well as our Angels. The Angel Tree program assists families who have a need for financial assistance with Christmas presents for their children, ages 0-14, or seniors, ages 62 and older. Once registered, the Angels are placed on a tree that allows the community to help their neighbors in need.

This year, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma has over 5,500 Angels on the tree. We need your help to make every Christmas wish come true this season! To adopt your Angel, visit one of the locations below today.

  • Penn Square Mall
  • Quail Springs Mall
  • The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City

After purchasing your Angel’s gifts, please return the gifts with the Angel’s tag to the adoption location you visited. All gifts need to be returned to the malls by Thursday, December 11.

 

NSAW: Volunteers Turned Friends

Barbara Admire (left), D'Anna Pulliam and Rhoda Laubach at a Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser.

Barbara Admire (left), D’Anna Pulliam and Rhoda Laubach at a Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser.

A chance meeting between two volunteers at the Angel Tree Distribution Center lead to an amazing friendship and perfect partnership serving others in The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. D’Anna Pulliam had been a member of the Women’s Auxiliary in another city and when she moved to Oklahoma City, she knew she wanted to continue to be a member. Working at the distribution center the next Christmas, she met a community volunteer who made the work even more fun–Barbara Admire. When Barbara retired the following year, she joined D’Anna in the Women’s Auxiliary and so began their beautiful partnership.

Barbara and I depend on each other to successfully complete our responsibilities to The Salvation Army and our community.  Barbara is currently the Chairman for Disaster and Helmets 4 Kids, and  I am the first one she calls when she needs a helping hand.  I am currently Chairman of Buck$ 4 Bikes and Barbara is the first one I call when I need help.

Through all of their experiences together throughout the years, they can both agree what one of the most memorable moments has been together.

D’Anna: My most memorable time as a volunteer with Barbara was our car trip to Dallas for The Salvation Army National Convention.  Barbara drove and we got lost on our way to the convention center as well as on our way out of Dallas on our way home!  There are not words to explain how this occurred!

 Barbara: Oh yes, we got lost and let’s just say none of the women that were in my van ever asked me to drive again.

Thank you D’Anna and Barbara for your years of service to Oklahomans in need and the contagious joy you bring together.

NSAW: A Heart Beating for The Salvation Army

Annette BaseyAnnette Basey has experience it all through her years of service at The Salvation Army. Beginning her membership with the Women’s Auxiliary in 1997, her estimated 23,000 hours of service have provided her with many volunteer experiences. From putting together Christmas gifts for Angel Tree children to comforting individuals affected by the Moore tornados in 2013, Annette is passionate about the work she does.

It took only one visit to any of the facilities of the Army to observe all that TSA was doing, not only OKC, but all around the world! I had no idea of all the outreach programs that they were involved in. My vision of The Army was a couple standing next to the Red Kettle and ringing their bells, but that vision quickly changed whenever I volunteered at one of their outreach facilities. From helping people with their utility bills and providing a warm coat at Social Services to feeding several hundred hungry people lined up each day at the Red Shield Kitchen. When I shared what all the Army did with one of my friends, they brought their own son to the Adult Rehabilitation Center and he got help and it made me realize that ARC is not just for the “man on the street.” We all have needs and the Army serves “without discrimination.”

Throughout the countless individuals Annette has come into contact with in her years of service, she still remembers one young mother at Christmas who was overjoyed by the fact her son was getting a bicycle that year.

The tears of joy I saw in that mother’s eyes made my volunteering all worthwhile.

They say that where your heart is, there is your passion. Since I have a passion for the work of The Salvation Army, they will continue to have my heart. I love the statistic that says they have an extraordinary 82% flow-through of contributions which is applied to their charitable services. I feel like I’m doing something for the Kingdom and not just superficial activities that have no eternal value. I use the acronym WWJD in every activity that I consider and He always gives me the right choice!

Annette has shared her passion for The Salvation Army with friends and roughly 20 of those women have joined her in the Women’s Auxiliary. When asked how her perspective has changed from her volunteer service:

Volunteering with The Salvation Army has given me an even greater compassion for those around me who are in need. I love the scripture in Matthew 25:40 which says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” I love working for Jesus!

Thank you Annette for your years of selfless service to Oklahomans in need! We are thankful for passionate volunteers like you.

NSAW: Being Blessed by Blessing Others

Michelle & Nicole2The Angel Tree Distribution Center can be chaotic when the families come to collect their gifts. Michelle Riley, her twin sister, Nicole, and Nicole’s husband had their first volunteer experience with The Salvation Army during this time and loved it. Michelle’s family had blessed by The Salvation Army’s earlier in December when her brother-in-law received help at the Adult Rehabilitation Center. Looking to give back, the three volunteered to help guide the Angel Tree families through the process of receiving their Christmas gifts.

After her first volunteer experience, Michelle wanted to do more and took the opportunity to serve the evening meal at our Red Shield Kitchen. The women and children who came to eat at the kitchen caught Michelle’s attention. Burdened with a love for these families, Michelle’s desire to interact more with the women and children staying in the shelter lead her and her sister to become volunteers at the Women’s and Family Shelter.

We weren’t sure exactly how this volunteer opportunity would turn out since they had not ever had volunteers in this shelter before. Our purpose has been to love on these families and be light and salt. In order to gain trust with these women, we decided to bring arts & crafts to work with the children. Our first volunteer day at the shelter, no women and children came. This could have been a discouragement for us, but instead it allowed us to become familiar with the environment and the staff. Two weeks later, we arrived earlier and decided we would meet the women and children while they ate dinner and then offer to provide arts & crafts for the women and children. Since this time, God has provided several opportunities for Nicole and I to draw, color, make bracelets, play and talk with women and children. Almost every time we have gone someone would ask us, “Why are you all doing this?” We always replied, “Because we love meeting you all and spending time with you.” There is no catch to it. We are there to try and be a blessing, yet we are the ones who end up getting blessed. We are simply trying to be God’s hand extended to sometimes hurting and broken women.

Michelle and Nicole continue to increase their volunteer ministry. At Easter the sisters included their church women’s ministry in creating Easter baskets for the children at the shelter. These two ladies even brought a team from their church and cooked all the residents’ breakfast.
When asked what she would say to others who are considering a volunteer opportunity at The Salvation Army:

Every time I have volunteered with the Salvation Army, God has provided an amazing experience. I can’t begin to tell you how volunteering with this organization has impacted my life. It humbles my heart, opens my eyes to the needs of those around me and fills my heart with overwhelming love and a desire to do more. I would encourage anyone who is considering volunteering to take the first step out on the water and get involved. There is such a fulfillment that comes from serving others.

Thank you Michelle Riley and Nicole Pascher for sharing your servant hearts with Oklahomans who are in need. We are so blessed to have you as a part of The Salvation Army.

61st National Salvation Army Week (NSAW) in Oklahoma City

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For media inquiries, contact: Maegan Dunn, Development Marketing Manager, 918-527-8802, Maegan_dunn@uss.salvationarmy.org

Donors, Volunteers and Beneficaries to be Recognized During 61st
National Salvation Army Week in Oklahoma City

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) May 7, 2014–-The Salvation Army will celebrate its 61th annual National Salvation Army Week next week May 11-17 by sharing stories of volunteers and community partnerships that are making a difference in the lives of Oklahomans. Events locally and across country will highlight the importance of Americans giving back to their local communities to support their neighbors in need at a time when many families and individuals continue to struggle to make ends meet. The very first National Salvation Army Week was declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower between November 18 and December 4, 1954 as a reminder to Americans that they should give freely of themselves.

“There are Oklahomans in need every day of the year and we are here to serve them,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander at Central Oklahoma Area Command. “National Salvation Army Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate the community’s partnership with us and shine a light on the ongoing needs.

In Central Oklahoma, Salvation Army Week will be recognized with stories of our amazing volunteers and community partners. Each day of Salvation Army Week, a story highlighting a volunteer or corporate partner will be shared on our social media and website. You can find us at www.facebook.com/salvationarmyok, www.twitter.com/salvationarmyok, and www.SalvationArmyOKCAC.org.

Since 1889 when The Salvation Army began its social service work in Oklahoma City, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country, directly supporting nearly 30 million Americans each year and more than 139,000 in Central Oklahoma alone, through a variety of programs. Programs include two emergency shelters, five senior centers, a food pantry, Red Shield Kitchen, a Boys and Girls Club, two community churches and three social service centers.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern.  In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not changed. More information about The Salvation Army’s service programs in Central Oklahoma is available online at www.SalvationArmyOKCAC.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 33 million Americans, and of which 139,000 Oklahomans, receive assistance from The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command 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 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyokcac.org.

4-29-14 The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma Ready for Tornado Response

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For media inquiries: Cindy Fuller, Public Information Officer, 405-830-6549

The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma Ready for Tornado Response

April 29, 2014 – Oklahoma City, OK   – The Salvation Army completed its first 24 hours of emergency disaster response for the Central Arkansas area hit by the tornadoes Sunday night. Initially, two mobile feeding units were deployed throughout the area feeding and hydrating survivors. Since early Monday morning, The Salvation Army has provided 566 prepared meals, 1,362 drinks and 540 snacks.

On Tuesday, The Salvation Army will deploy six canteens to the following locations:

•    West Little Rock – Kanis Command Post, 34106 Kanis Road
•    Vilonia – Dollar General Store, 1100 Main Street
•    Mayflower – Mayflower City Hall, 2 Ashmore Street
•    2 roving canteens servicing affected areas in Vilonia
•    1 roving canteen serving affected area in Mayflower

  • Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/april2014
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 1959
    Atlanta, GA 30301

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindyfullerokc, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405-830-6549
E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
Office:  405-254-1156

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

4-28-14 The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma Ready for Tornado Response

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April 28, 2014
For media inquiries: Cindy Fuller, 405-830-6549, cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

  The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma Ready for Tornado Response

April 27, 2014 – Oklahoma City, OK   – Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army is in contact with Emergency Managers across Arkansas and is in contact with the State Emergency Operations Center. The Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) Division has placed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) across the division on stand-by for the next 48 hours.

Multiple locations in Arkansas have sustained damage due to high winds, tornadoes, and hail which began a little after 4 PM Central Time this afternoon. It is the beginning of a very active 24 – 48 hours for much of Arkansas. Major Roger Glick, Central Arkansas Area Commander and Captain David Robinson, Conway Commanding Officer, are in touch with officials and preparing response plans.

Additionally, Quapaw, Oklahoma sustained storm damage earlier today. Salvation Army staff is evaluating the situation at this time.

Tornado warnings are currently underway in several counties in Arkansas. The Salvation Army will be prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration. Please pray for all of those affected by storms today across multiple states in the Central United States.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/arkansastornados
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to ArkansasTornado Relief may also be mailed to:

The Salvation Army
PO Box 738
North Little Rock, AR  72115-0738

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindyfullerokc, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Contact:  Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405-830-6549
E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
Office:  405-254-1156

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Commemorates Structural Completion at the Center of Hope

IMG_0039Today, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command commemorated the completion of the outside structure of the new Center of Hope with the Topping Out Hope Celebration.

The event began with attendees signing their names on the last piece of steel as The Salvation Army Brass Band entertained with festive tunes.

Area Commander Captain Carlyle Gargis welcomed all in attendance along with special guests including Councilwoman Meg Salyer, Commissioner Dana Murphy and Major Steve Morris, IMG_9998The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander.

Advisory Board Member Hans Herman Thun, III spoke briefly about the legacy The Salvation Army has had in Oklahoma City and its goal to continue “Doing The Most Good” in Central Oklahoma with the Center of Hope. As the countdown ran down, joyous sounds rang out as the steel beam came to rest and The Salvation Army Brass Band played.

The Core to Shore redevelopment has given The Salvation Army the unique opportunity to strategically plan for the future by upgrading programs and services to better serve a growing and dynamic Central Oklahoma.

The 50,000 sq. ft. Center of Hope will house all programs and services under one roof which are offered at the current location consisting of five buildings. The $14.5 million, one-stop location will include a comprehensive network of family and homeless services including shelter, emergency food, clothing, utility assistance, social service case management, multi-purpose space/IMG_0065chapel, disaster relief, rehabilitation referrals, and parenting and life skills classes.   The Salvation Army still needs your help with $2.1 million left to raise.

With the outside structure complete, work will focus inward to meet the projected move-in date of September 2014.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 27th Annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon

Celebration of Hope Luncheon - May 20, 2014

The Salvation Army’s 27th Annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon is May 20, 2014, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

We are honoring The Chickasaw Nation along with Volunteers, Donors and First Responders. Our Honorary Chair is Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Sandi Patty, American Christian Music Singer, is our featured talent.

If you would like to sponsor the event, please contact Jeanean South at jeanean_south@uss.salvationarmy.org. Proceeds will benefit all on-going programs and services of The Salvation Army.

Senior Living Fair – Providing Hope for Seniors

Senior Programs Collage - smallIn celebration of May being Older American Month, the 3rd Annual Senior Living Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Langston University-OKC Campus, Large Auditorium, 4205 N. Lincoln Boulevard.

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Hope’ as we strive to provide resources that empower older Americans to be more positive, active and physically fit.

The Senior Living Fair is free to the public and includes exhibits for health and wellness, housing, Medicare information, insurance, aging-in-place, and fun ways to stay active.

The Salvation Army Senior Programs offers participants the opportunity to learn, innovate, promote healthy activities, express and fulfill artistic talents, and socialize. The enhanced self-worth, dignity and hope are intrinsic to the well-being of every person.

For additional information on how you can participate, please contact Lisa Sydnor at 405-246-1120 or Lisa_Sydnor@uss.salvationarmy.org, or Arnetta Yancey at 405-789-9892 or Arnetta_yancey@uss.salvationarmy.org.

If you would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor, please download the Senior Living Fair Registration and mail with your check to:

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command
311 S.W. 5th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73109