The Salvation Army Joins Forces With Walmart to “Stuff the Bus” for Kids in Need

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) – Walmart and The Salvation Army are teaming up to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event taking place Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th at the following Walmart locations:

Walmart Supercenter # 544, 5401 Tinker Diagonal Street, Del City

Walmart Supercenter # 2803, 2200 W Danforth Road, Edmond

Walmart Supercenter # 277, 501 SW 19th Street, Moore

Walmart Supercenter # 212, 333 N Interstate Drive, Norman

Walmart Supercenter # 2734, 601 12th Avenue NE, Norman

Walmart Supercenter # 221, 1200 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon

For kids preparing for the upcoming school year, school supplies remain critical to their success. In light of COVID-19, The Salvation Army has adapted its services to ensure that children in every community can continue receiving the educational support they deserve. This year, the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event in Central Oklahoma is one of more than 4,500 similar events taking place at Walmart stores across the country. When shoppers visit Walmart this weekend, they can purchase and drop off items at collection bins located in the customer service area.

“There are many children in our communities whose parents will have to make the tough choice between school supplies, groceries, the electric bill or insurance,” said Major Susan Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. “We anticipate this number will increase significantly this year due to the novel coronavirus.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided more than 65 million meals through a combination of prepared meals and food boxes, 1.45 million nights of safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to more than 778,000 people, in addition to the financial assistance, hygiene kits, and youth programs the organization provides in almost every ZIP code in America.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have collaborated for more than 30 years in an effort to meet local community needs. Supporters like Walmart help The Salvation Army serve more than 23 million Americans each year through a range of social services that help them overcome poverty and economic hardships.

All donations made at “Stuff the Bus” campaign events will remain in the community to help The Salvation Army provide back-to-school support to local children in need.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit salvationarmyOKCAC.org.

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The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma Hosting Annual Inspiring Hope Fundraiser

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  — The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma’s Advisory Board and Community Relations & Development Committee invite you to support the ministry of The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma from your couch or office chair. Why not redirect the money you would have earmarked to attend an event by donating to this alternative fundraiser? The goal for the annual fundraiser is $200,000 and runs from August 1 – August 30.

“The Salvation Army is not new to service during pandemics, having been around since 1865,” said Ryan Frace, chairman of the advisory board. “Ministry was just as important then as it is now. Individuals are in need of solace, compassion, and someone to talk to as isolation can be overwhelming. The Salvation Army has not paused in its service to the community”.

The Salvation Army’s feeding programs remain up and running, the emergency shelter is still providing rooms for men, women and families who find themselves homeless, and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been offering a safe place for youth of essential personnel to enjoy social interaction, music, and other creative arts throughout the day.

“We rely on friends who value and support our mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination,” said Traci Jinkens, director of development. “We ask the community to make a generous donation today to support The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. Be assured that for every $1 donated, 82 cents goes directly into programs and services”.

Individuals wishing to contribute may do so online at InspiringHope2020.org or by mailing in a check to The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, Attn: Inspiring Hope, 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73107.

“Our hope is the community rallies around this very important fundraiser and raises much needed funds to ensure everyone who needs help receives it, especially during the tumultuous times we find ourselves in with the novel coronavirus,” said Frace. “We are seeing many first-time clients seeking assistance and we want to do what we can with the resources we have been provided”.

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Home Energy Aid Fundraiser to Help Raise Funds for Oklahoma Families in Need

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce its annual Home Energy Aid fundraiser with community partners Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Public Service Company of Oklahoma will take place on Tuesday, July 21st at its 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City location from 11:30am to 1pm.

“We are witnessing many individuals seeking utility assistance through The Salvation Army who have not needed assistance before,” said Major Susan Ellis, area commander. “Just within the last three weeks, 90% of those calling in to set up appointments with us are new clients. We want to help as many as we possibly can with the resources we have been provided”.

Tickets are being sold in advance and day of the event. For a $8.00 ticket, individuals will be treated to a fresh-grilled hamburger, chips, cookie and drink. “This year’s event will be different from past years in that we will be hosting this fundraiser as a drive-through,” said Ellis. “Individuals wishing to support this event may do so by entering our campus off of NW 10th street and our volunteers will serve them and practice the appropriate safety measures to ensure proper hygiene and social distancing”.

All monies raised will be matched 1:1 up to $6,000 thanks to OG&E, ONG, and PSO.

“This event allows us to raise much needed funds to meet the ongoing need for assistance,” said Traci Jinkens, director of development. “Donations and sponsorships of this event will be directed right back into the utility assistance programs. We wish to thank Frontier State Bank for their event sponsorship and for Crest Foods of Edmond for their donation of food and beverages”.

For more information about utility assistance, contact The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100. To purchase a ticket online or to make a gift, please go to salvationarmyokcac.org or call the Development Department at 405-246-1109.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Providing Childcare

How to Give Hope to Millions of Americans Impacted by COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Tuesday, May 5, The Salvation Army and Candace Cameron Bure are asking people to join the Fight for Good by providing hope and help to those impacted by the coronavirus. For millions of Americans experiencing urgent need, The Salvation Army is their first stop for help. In response to this pandemic, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma has been providing food, safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support; as well as youth programs, financial assistance and hygiene kits across Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. With increased demand for aid expected to continue over the coming weeks, months, and potentially years, ongoing public support will be needed to ensure basic necessities are fulfilled with compassion and dignity.

Although this is an unprecedented time in our history, facing stark realities is not new for The Salvation Army. Throughout its 155-year ministry, it has delivered programming rooted in hope, which is a critical component to overcoming adversity.

“We hope because we have learned that though it’s dark, the dawn is coming,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. “We hope because after the storm, the rescuers rise up. We hope, because though we are hard-pressed, we are not overcome.”

The Greatest Need, Now

A $25 gift of hope will ensure Americans in need have access to 10 meals, immediately. A $25 monthly gift will help provide meals during months when food insecurity is already great. To donate, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

The Greatest Hope, Now

“Find a way to share hope,” said Ellis. “Find a way to give others a hand up out of the despair that many are driven to in these troubled times”.

If you’re unable to make a monetary donation or would like to do more on Giving Tuesday Now, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma encourages us to share hope, together. The goal is to bring our nation together in sending comforting thoughts to those who are struggling, praying for those serving on the front lines, and directing messages of hope to those in need. There are three ways to get involved:

  1. From May 4-5, visit The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma on Facebook @SalArmyCentralOK or Instagram @SalArmyCentralOK to post a comment, or simply share your message of hope and encouragement by tagging #10MinutesOfHope.
  2. On May 5, join the Fight for Good Ambassador – actress, executive producer and New York Times best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure – as she calls for messages of hope on her social media channels.
  3. OnMay 5 at 7:30 p.m. CT, take 10 minutes out of your day for hope:
    • Read positive stories with your family
    • Share thoughts or prayers for those in need
    • Watch The Salvation Army’s Facebook Live video (@SalvationArmyUSA) for spiritual guidance

 If you or someone you know needs hope, call the Hope Hotline at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673), open from 8 a.m. to midnight, or visitwww.salvationarmyusa.org to find your local Salvation Army.

National Fundraiser to Take Place on April 21, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  — The Salvation Army will be taking part in #GiveFromHomeDay on April 21, 2020. This national fundraising drive puts the power of giving into the hands of Americans who are anxious to help neighbors and strangers alike who struggle with the economic and health impacts of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

With people out of work, small businesses closed, schools shut down, and seniors more isolated than ever, the concept of helping our neighbors and communities has been brought to the forefront of social conversation.

Sadly, at the same time, nonprofits like The Salvation Army have experienced a sudden and deep drop in funding as events have been canceled and the attention of loyal donors has been pulled away to other urgent personal concerns.

But for the people who rely on The Salvation Army, their needs have only increased. Furthermore, the number of new people being served is growing every day. Regardless of the pandemic, the need for assistance has not gone away. Funding is urgently needed to continue:

  • Feeding programs
  • Emergency shelter
  • Utility assistance
  • Hygiene/comfort kits

“Though this is an unprecedented situation for all of us, it’s impact will be on the most vulnerable such as homeless and low-income individuals and families,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma.  “Thousands of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and will likely be heavily affected by these uncertain times. The Salvation Army is committed to serving those in the most need through our programs in Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.”

The pandemic has made millions of Americans reliant on — and increasingly skilled at —  the technologies that are connecting us. #GiveFromHomeDay on April 21 will focus attention on the act of giving and helping fellow Americans in the age of COVID-19.

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The Salvation Army Adapting Programs to Meet the Needs of Community

Oklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army continues its services in Central Oklahoma without interruption except where required to avoid congregating. In order to ensure social distancing and reduce spread of the COVID-19 virus, beginning on Monday, April 13th The Salvation Army is requesting individuals residing in Oklahoma County who need assistance to call its main line at 405-246-1100 to make an appointment.

“We are so thankful to support from the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and our local utility partners,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander. “We want to ensure our neighbors in need have the resources they require any day of the year…even more so now with the state of emergency we are all facing”.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

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Walmart’s Registry for Good Assisting The Salvation Army

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Walmart is teaming up with local non-profits to get them the supplies they need through its Registry for Good, an online platform allowing nonprofits to select items needed and an outlet to share those needs with the community.

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma has set up its Registry for Good page with items needed to help with the continued operation of its emergency shelter. The needs range from personal hygiene items to linens as they shelter men, women and families. Please visit their page at https://www.walmart.com/registry/registryforgood/9466ec0f-78e5-4061-b494-cd6921624046/view.

Monetary donations may also be made by mailing in a check to:

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma
1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Individuals wishing to make a gift online can go to give.salvationarmyusa.org. All donations stay within the donor’s local community.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group and The Salvation Army Partner to Aid Those Affected by COVID-19

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. announced its “Sinclair Cares: Your Neighbor Needs You” initiative in partnership with the Salvation Army, which will raise money for those who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative, which kicks off Tuesday, March 31st, encourages viewers across the nation to help support fellow Americans impacted by the global pandemic. All Sinclair-owned outlets will engage in on-air, digital and social media efforts to support this effort, and the company will match donations up to $100,000.

With schools closing, hourly work becoming scarce, widespread job losses, and shortages of basic needs, many Americans don’t have the financial means to support their families. To help ease the pain during this tumultuous time, each Sinclair outlet will work with its local Salvation Army field office to identify community members who have been drastically impacted by COVID-19. Viewers are encouraged to contact their local Salvation Army field offices to either put forth a neighbor in need, or to ask for personal assistance. Help can come in the form of monetary donations or specific goods.

“Now more than ever, Americans are relying on local news to stay informed about how this global pandemic is impacting the health and safety of their communities,” said Sinclair President and CEO Chris Ripley. “This unprecedented crisis calls for unity and compassion. In that spirit, we are proud to partner with local Salvation Army offices and humbly ask that viewers who have the means to support their neighbors during this challenging time donate what they can.”

Since 2017, Sinclair has worked with the Salvation Army to aid in multiple relief efforts, including Huricanes Harvey, Florence, and Michael, as well as the Midwest Bomb Cyclone, Carr Fire and recent Nashville Tornadoes. Collectively, these efforts have raised over $2 million.

Sinclair will continue to provide viewers with continued coverage of COVID-19, and its unprecedented impact on local communities across the country.

Beginning on March 31st, donations for the “Sinclair Cares: Your Neighbor Needs You” initiative can be made at https://salarmy.us/SinclairCares.

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The Salvation Army Recruiting Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma is now recruiting volunteers to serve as bell ringers in Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties with the official start date of November 19th for this holiday season.

The Salvation Army’s red kettle helps support ongoing programs and services throughout the year which makes this a very important fundraiser for the nonprofit. “Any amount of time someone can give to help ring the bell this holiday season would be greatly appreciated”, said Liz Banks, volunteer coordinator. “We have seen civic clubs, church groups, businesses, and families come together and enjoy a few hours giving back to the community.”

During the holiday season, the red kettle is The Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser providing much needed funds to support its programs and services, such as its feeding programs, emergency shelter, and utility assistance.

“By taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to sign up to ring the bell at a Salvation Army red kettle this Christmas, you will be helping local families who may be experiencing personal crises,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander. “Your change changes lives.”

For those interested in donating time to help ring for The Salvation Army, sign up online at www.redkettlevolunteer.org. If anyone has any questions, please contact Liz at 405-246-1107.

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