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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

(3/2/14) Warming Stations Open 24 Hours – COAC Offices Closed Monday

The Salvation Army Shelters in Oklahoma City and Norman are open and operating twenty-four hours. Our shelters will serve as warming centers and provide food and beds around the clock. The canteen is on standby to serve. Our shelters are located at:

  • 330 S.W. 4th, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
  • 318 E. Hayes, Norman, Oklahoma 73071

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Administrative Offices along with The Salvation Army Social Services Offices will be closed Monday due to the inclement weather.

To keep up-to-date on The Salvation Army, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

What Does ‘Be A Shield’ Mean? How Can I Be A Shield?

Will you be a shield

During Christmas, you saw individuals and community partners being called a ‘Shield.’ You may wonder what that means. Below, discover what it means to ‘Be a Shield’ and how you can be a Shield in our community.

Through the year, keep an eye out for stories about those who are a Shield in our community and stories about those Behind the Shield, the individuals and families who are helped by your generosity.

What Does it Mean to Be A Shield?

What does it mean to ‘Be a Shield’? Donating a financial gift? Volunteering one hour a week? Praying for our organization’s efforts?  Sharing the story of the many programs and services of The Salvation Army?

All of these are ways you can be a shield. By supporting The Salvation Army, you are being a shield for those in our community who need help in a crisis.

How Can I Be A Shield?

Some of the ways you can Be A Shield were briefly listed above but there are plenty more.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command includes the Red Shield Kitchen, Men’s and Family Shelters, Five Senior Centers, a Boys & Girls Club, Emergency Disaster Services, Social Services, Two Corps Church Centers and Adult Rehabilitation Center.

Each one of these programs offers an opportunity to support financially with a donation, physically by volunteering or spiritually by praying.

Where Do I Start?

Whether it is time, money or goods that you would like to donate, the steps to being a shield are easy.

Be a Shield Financially: If you would like to make a financial donation via our secure online donation system, please click the DONATE button in the top right-hand corner. If you would like to send a check, please mail it to:

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command
P.O. Box 2095
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Be a Shield by Volunteering: To volunteer, please email Liz Banks, Volunteer Coordinator, at liz_banks@uss.salvationarmy.org. We love volunteers and will help you find the perfect opportunity.

Be a Shield by Donating Goods: To donate material goods such as furniture, clothing, a used vehicle, and other items, and to schedule a truck pick up, please call The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 405-236-3677. All proceeds from our Family Thrift Stores go directly back to into our programs and services.

If you would like to know more information about how you can Be A Shield, contact us at 405-246-1100.

(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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