The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Closed on Thursday

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Due to the continued winter storm, The Salvation Army Oklahoma City administrative offices and social services office will be closed Thursday, February 22, 2018.

The Salvation Army of Canadian County, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Danforth Senior Center, Reding Senior Center, Shartel Senior Center, and Warr Acres Senior Center will be closed as well.

The Salvation Army shelters and evening meal in Oklahoma City and Norman are ongoing. Shelters are located at:

– 1001 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
– 318 E. Hayes, Norman, OK 73069


The Salvation Army Opens Its Doors for Emergency Overnight Shelter

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma opens its doors at its 1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue location to those who need emergency overnight shelter during the dangerous cold with the help of its neighbors at The Homeless Alliance, City Care, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Elite Protection Services.

“Thanks to the wonderful support of this community, as well as collaborative partners like The Homeless Alliance, City Care and The United Way, we’re thrilled to be able to open our cold weather shelter,” says Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “The bitterly cold temperatures are a significant danger to families lacking proper housing or a dependable source of hot meals.”

The Salvation Army, a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency, has a valuable resource in this partnership as opportunities to openly discuss the need has led to several agencies stepping up to help. One of those partner agencies is The Homeless Alliance.

“On any given night in Oklahoma City, there are 1,400 people who are homeless, 300 of whom are unsheltered and living on our streets, under bridges and in camps scattered across our community.  When temperatures drop below freezing those people, our neighbors, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, are at horrible risk,” said Dan Straughan, executive director for The Homeless Alliance. “Oklahoma City has a long history of coming together to help our neighbors in need.  In this time of direst need for our city’s 300+ unsheltered homeless people, The Homeless Alliance is proud to stand in the gap with City Care, The Salvation Army and the United Way.”

The Salvation Army warming station will open its doors each evening when the temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below. “May the Lord bless all of those who find themselves out in the frigid conditions as well as those who are stepping in to help as we work together to provide a warm place to those struggling with the cold,” said McWilliams.

In addition to its emergency shelter operations, The Salvation Army also provides a warm meal each evening in its Red Shield Diner and Kitchen where anyone in need of a meal can drop in. The evening meal is served at 5 p.m. The Red Shield Diner & Kitchen annually serves over 150,000 meals.

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Holiday Hours for Client Choice Food Pantry

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Beginning December 1st, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Client Choice Food Pantry will be operating under special holiday hours. The schedule for the pantry is as follows:

Friday, December 1st – 9am to noon
Monday, December 4th – 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday, December 6th – 9am to noon & 1pm to 3pm
Friday, December 8th – 9am to noon
Monday, December 11th – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 13th – CLOSED
Friday, December 15th – CLOSED
Monday, December 18th – 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday, December 20th – 9am to noon & 1pm to 3pm
Friday, December 22nd – CLOSED
Monday, December 25th – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 27th – CLOSED
Friday, December 29th – CLOSED
Monday, January 1st – CLOSED

If you have questions about the food pantry, please call us at 405-246-1100.

Merry Christmas from your Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Office of Social Services Ministry.

Central Oklahoma Salvation Army to Serve on the Front Lines

The Central Oklahoma Area Command of The Salvation Army will be busy serving those affected by the effects of Hurricane Harvey.   Kenny Kelly, Emergency Disasters Services Coordinator for the Central Oklahoma Area Command, will deploy to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve as the Canteen Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster response operations in Corpus Christi, TX and immediately surrounding areas.  The Salvation Army canteen is a mobile feeding unit, and as Canteen Coordinator, Mr. Kelly will be managing the overall operation and services provided by The Salvation Army’s Canteen fleet meeting the needs of victims and first responders in the Corpus Christi area.

From the Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional headquarters in Oklahoma City, Cindy Fuller, Divisional Communications Director and Laurie Fried, Divisional Disaster and Recovery Coordinator, will also be deployed to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi.  Cindy Fuller will serve as the Public Information Officer and Laurie Fried as the Liaison Officer, responsible for representing The Salvation Army’s Incident Command with other disaster relief organizations and government agencies.

The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is also deploying Officers from Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff and Springdale, Arkansas as well as Ardmore, Oklahoma City and Shawnee, Oklahoma as part of the Incident Command Center to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Resources are staged and ready to serve.

A total of 42 mobile kitchens – each with the capacity to serve am average pf 1.500 meals per day – are headed to forward staging areas in Dallas and San Antonio in preparation for deployment.   Eight of those units are from The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma.   Disaster response leadership teams will be positioned in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston and Corpus Christi to coordinate the ongoing disaster response.

The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that have found themselves in the path of the storm.  Water, cleanup kits, food and shelter supplies have been staged and are ready to be sent to the affected areas.  Mobile feeding units and crews have been deployed from the following Arkansas and Oklahoma locations:

  • Central Oklahoma Area Command, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and two feeding units.
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Ardmore, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Jonesboro, Arkansas is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma is deploying a crew and feeding unit.
  • Enid, Oklahoma is deploying a crew to serve.
  • Rogers, Arkansas is deploying crew members to serve.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.  Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online:
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301                        
    Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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The Salvation Army 2017 Angel Tree Program Begins

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will begin handing out appointment letters for the 2017 Angel Tree Program for residents in Oklahoma County beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 9 a.m. at their social services office located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program helps families with children, ages 0 to 12, and senior citizens, ages 62 and greater, by providing Christmas presents and a food box. Last year, over 2,000 families received Christmas assistance through The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Angel Tree program.
For more information and the latest updates, please visit The Salvation Army’s website at

Beginning August 1, appointment letters will be available on:

Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In order to receive Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, individuals must bring a photo ID to collect an appointment letter.

The appointment letter includes a date, time and instructions on eligibility for The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Once the letter is collected, individuals will need to follow all of the instructions and bring the necessary documentation to their appointment assigned in their letter.

Residents of Oklahoma County and residents of ZIP codes 73159, 73165 and 73170 of Cleveland County may come during the stated hours to receive an appointment letter. (Residents of ZIP code 73160 should contact The Salvation Army in Norman at 405-364-9910.)

Ready to Serve in Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to welcome its new Area Commanders, Majors Dan and Mary Matthews. They assumed their position on June 26 and have quickly settled into their new surroundings and are looking forward to getting to know the community and continuing the work of The Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years. Majors Dan and Mary are enthusiastic and dynamic leaders and come to Oklahoma City from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where for the last two years they were responsible for the programs and services of the The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas Area Command.
Prior to their appointment in Fayetteville, they served as Salvation Army Administrators for the Birmingham, AL Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), and as Corps Officers in Charlottesville, VA; Lake Worth, FL; & Vero Beach, FL. In 2000, they graduated from The Salvation Army’s School for Officer’s Training. Prior to leadership in The Salvation Army, they served as missionaries in Novgorod, Russia. While missionaries, they had the opportunity to work with medical teams and other social services projects to meet practical needs of individuals. Those outreaches provided an avenue to show and share God’s love with the people. It was this exposure to human hurt and need that drew them to the mission of The Salvation Army. After returning home from the mission field, they were introduced to The Salvation Army and chose to join their ministry and mission.
“It has been exciting to meet the people of Oklahoma City and discover the opportunities for ministry here,” said Major Dan Matthews. “We look forward to meeting the needs of the community and ‘Doing The Most Good’ alongside the staff, volunteers and supporters of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.”
The couple is responsible for all programs and services at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma, as well as oversight of The Salvation Army Canadian County Service Unit and The Salvation Army of Cleveland County.


The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Raising Funds to Purchase Bicycles for Needy Children at Christmas

You may be thinking about firecrackers, but there is a group of “elves” thinking about Christmas.

Beginning July 1, the Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will distribute over 100 counter top Red Kettles to area businesses to collect donations for the Buck$ 4 Bikes program.

The Buck$ 4 Bikes program was founded in 2006 to help families in need at Christmas. In 2016, 1,535 children wished for a bike and 1,535 received one which is a first for this program.

The 2017 Buck$ 4 Bikes program goal is 1,550 bikes for needy boys and girls. Every penny donated to this cause will go to the purchase of a new Huffy bicycle with prices ranging from $34 to $52.

Sparklers in July are temporary. Sparkles in a child’s eyes on Christmas last forever. Help us make a child’s wish come true.

To donate funds to purchase a bike, visit one of the area businesses below during the month of July.

Donations can also be made by mailing a check to: 

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary
Attn: Major Mary Matthews
1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Memo: Buck$ 4 Bikes

Businesses participating in the Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser:

Advance Chiropractic

Advantage Bank

Al’s Bicycle Store OKC

Al’s Bicycle Store Edmond

All Arvest Bank locations in Oklahoma County and Cleveland County

BancFirst locations in Harrah, Jones, Nicoma Park, & Del City

Bandana Reds Diner, Choctaw

Beauty Mark Salon, Moore

Coffee Slingers

Cuppies & Joe

Del Rancho Midwest City

Fellers-Snider Law Office

First Bethany Bank – 2 locations

First National Bank – all locations in Oklahoma County & Cleveland County

Foxx Pools

Golf USA

Grand Junction Clothing

Greenway Plaza Tag Agency

H&H Gun Range

Heritage Lanes Bowling Center

Homeland located on NW 122nd

Huntington Jewelers


J’s Hallmark – all locations in Oklahoma County & Cleveland County

Liberty Mutual

Maccini Construction

OKC Rotary Club

Napoleon Deli in Midwest City

Old Dominion Freight Lines

Pace Butler Corporation

Paris Plaza 66

Platinum Beauty Salon

Pro Bikes

Price Edwards

Quail Creek Bank

RCB Bank – all locations in Oklahoma County & Cleveland County

Schlegel Bicycles

State Beauty Supply

Swiss Cleaners – all locations


The Bicycle Store

The Blue Bean

The Buzz Coffee Shop

The Enchanted Cottage

Tilted Tulip Boutique

Tinker Tag Agency


Wheeler Dealer Bicycle

A Place to Find Hope: Danell’s Story

Danell was nervous the first time he visited The Salvation Army of Cleveland County. He had recently experienced a stroke which left him out of a job. He had lost his place in the world and needed help, “This was the first time I have asked or needed help so I felt a little nervous at first. I had worked all my life and now found myself needing help”. The Salvation Army of Cleveland County provided Danell emergency shelter, “It was a life changer. Without the shelter I would be out on the streets. It made all the difference in the world to me”.

He worked with The Salvation Army of Cleveland County to get him back on his feet again. They assisted Danell by locating permanent housing. “I felt great when I knew that I would have a place to call home. I was nervous about what the future would hold for me but am so thankful for those who helped me every step of the way”.

Danell cannot stop praising the team at The Salvation Army of Cleveland County for going the distance for him, “They provided an opportunity for me to stay in the shelter…they gave me a chance. The Salvation Army is a great organization and I have seen firsthand how much they truly want to help people.”

He indeed has seen firsthand the need in the community, being on the receiving side for a short timeframe, and shared how important it is for individuals to support The Salvation Army. “The money really goes to people who need it on a daily basis. I rang the bell at Christmas time and enjoyed that experience very much. People are so generous. I would encourage people to give what you can.”

Thank you for investing in the lives of individuals like Danell! To make a gift, please text HopeOKC to 41444 or go online

Together we are providing hope for our community and #DoingTheMostGood!

Service is the Foundation of The Salvation Army

I have known about The Salvation Army since 1945. My father was a dedicated supporter and he was a life member of The Salvation Army Advisory Council in Kansas. I decided to become a council member of The Salvation Army of Cleveland County because I wanted to follow my father’s example and I am dedicated to serve The Salvation Army.

During my ten years of service on the advisory council, I have enjoyed the opportunities to serve and the relationships I have developed along the way. It continually amazes me as the years go by about everything The Salvation Army does. I would say that “service” best defines The Salvation Army because it is the foundation of all who they are and what they do.

The one thing I wish others knew about The Salvation Army of Cleveland County is all the good it does by providing a multitude of services to those in need, regardless of race or religion. One of those services, and one I am most proud of, is social services. Leona Chapman, the director of social services for Cleveland County, and her team provide for those in need in our community through community meals, pantry and shelter.

I like to work with those who like to serve and are willing to serve whomever and whenever it is needed. The Salvation Army of Cleveland County is a shining example of what The Salvation Army is all about thanks to Major Margaret Kennell, an advisory council, and a multitude of volunteers all working together towards the same mission, and that is “to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination”.

Bob Staples, Advisory Council Member
The Salvation Army of Cleveland County

The Salvation Army is Love: Insights from an Advisory Council Member

I grew up with first-hand knowledge of the Salvation Army after being taken, along with my siblings, by the state and placed in our grandmother’s home. My grandmother was a supporter of The Salvation Army and had to rely upon its services to help clothe and feed us.

One way I decided to give back as I got older was by becoming an advisory council member of The Salvation Army of Cleveland County. I lived out of country for many of my adult years, so when we returned to Oklahoma I decided to get involved in volunteering to pay back the awesome care received as a child. I have been most surprised at the extent of homelessness and need in Cleveland County since becoming a council member.

Throughout my tenure serving on the council, I have enjoyed watching the programs grow, especially the Red Shield Club, working with the officers and staff, and being part of the progress over the last few years. The program The Salvation Army of Cleveland County offers I am most proud of is the Red Shield Club. If we care for the children and teach them to care for and respect others they will in turn provide for a better society as they become adults.

The one word that personifies The Salvation Army to me is LOVE… there is truly no discrimination towards any person in need! I wish that others knew about the commitment of the officers and staff to make Cleveland County a better place to live and raise a family.

Although my awesome siblings and I, nine brothers and two sisters, experienced a troublesome childhood, we all grew into caring, respectful and giving adults due to a Godly grandmother and thanks to the assistance provided by The Salvation Army! Together we are “Doing the Most Good” and I feel blessed to be involved with such a caring and generous organization serving the people in our community.

Betty Goss, Advisory Council Member
The Salvation Army of Cleveland County

To make a gift to support The Salvation Army’s many programs and services, please text HopeOKC to 41444 or go online