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

To stay up-to-date on the latest information, find us on Facebook and Twitter.

(1/15/14) Christmas Successes at The Salvation Army

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Oklahomans Are More Generous than Ever According to Average Daily Red Kettle Totals at
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 15, 2014) – Central Oklahomans gave more each day in The Salvation Army Christmas Red Kettle than ever before. The average daily income for The Salvation Army Red Kettles in 2013 was more than $22,000 up from $17,000 in 2012.

“We are so grateful for Oklahomans who stepped up and gave during this season when we needed it the most,” says Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “With less bell ringing days due to weather and a late Thanksgiving, we were praying for a miracle.”

2013 The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
Central Oklahoma Area Command
Canadian County $29,327.44
Cleveland County $131,068.73
Oklahoma County $313,375.96
Paycom Donation $56,100.00
okckettle.org $3,330.00
Gold Coin and Trinkets $1,805.00
GRAND TOTAL $535,007.13

Last year, The Salvation Army had a total of 38 full bell ringing days. This year, only 24 full bell ringing days were available due to the harsh wintery weather conditions and a late Thanksgiving calendar date.

“The total raised for this year’s Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is $535,007, and we are so grateful,” said Captain Gargis. “If we had the same time as last year to ring bells, we would have met, and even surpassed last year’s record-breaking campaign income of more than $600,000. Oklahomans were more generous than ever this Christmas!   These funds help us stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.”

Oklahomans not only gave of their resources this year, they also gave of their time.   To provide Christmas assistance in 2013, the total number of volunteer hours required was 11,948, fulfilled by 4,553 volunteers.

Christmas Volunteers 2013
Volunteers 4,553
Volunteer Hours 11,948

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals.   Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with a Christmas food box and gifts for children and seniors.

“This year, Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Captain Charlotte Gargis, Associate Area Commander.   “We have received an abundance of ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity.   Because of Oklahomans generosity this Christmas season, these funds will continue to meet on-going needs thoughout the year.   As we say, ‘Need knows no season. Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas and beyond.   Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”

Nearly 100 Red Kettle locations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though December 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 Captain Carlyle Gargis.   “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 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals through the Christmas season.
  • KFOR ’s Kevin Ogle and OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chairs.
  • Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree and Kettle kickoff on November 15, 2013, with Kevin Ogle, Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls.
  • Downtown Rotary Club 29 had a full day of bell ringing booked for numerous locations, but was cancelled due to weather, so held a special monetary collection at their weekly luncheon.
  • An anonymous donor provided 170 Christmas hams.
  • The total number of volunteer hours in 2013 was 11,948.   The total number of volunteers in 2013 was 4,553.
  • American Fidelity hosted a canned food drive for Christmas season grocery orders.
  • The Salvation Army was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals.
  • HighMount Production LLC Christmas party at the Petroleum Club provided more than 500 toys for teenagers.
  • Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Paycom, Legacy Cleaners, Chesapeake and The Salvation Army has collected more than 4,000 coats and warm winter clothing for Oklahomans this winter.
    The Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Holidazzle Coat Drive on Dec. 12, sponsored by Paycom and KFOR provided 71 coats, 8 scarves and 2 pairs of gloves. Additionally, Paycom collected 95 coats and South OKC Rotary delivered 135 coats from the collection boxes around Central Oklahoma.
  • Chesapeake’s Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive on Dec. 18, provided 286 coats, 63 scarves, 1,127 gloves (pairs), 1,184 hats, and various other warm clothing items.
  • Landmark Homes hosted their Thankmas party again at one of their model homes.   They collected food and more than 700 toys to benefit Angel Tree children.
  • McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took more than 50 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.
  • The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Haws family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for eight of our largest and most needy families.
  • The A. A. Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased clothing and toys for them.
  • Express Personnel, Funk Companies and Smart Start provided about 1,000 toys in a Baron’s Hockey Team box truck.
  • Participated in The Fill the Truck Event at all Central Oklahoma Wal-Marts which collected toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.
  • 861 bicycles were distributed to children in need through Buck$ 4 Bikes.   214 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis Clubs, East Oklahoma County Rotary, N. Oklahoma City Rotary, Southern Nazarene University Men’s Soccer Team, Oklahoma Bike Society, Tinker Airmen 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.
  • The Salvation Army celebrated Christmas morning with the shelter residents with gifts for 44 men, 14 women and 11 children.
  • Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center.   In addition, the University of Oklahoma donated the location.
  • Paycom ’s generous $56,100 employee and company match Christmas donation
  • The Thunder Toy drive on December 8 at the Chesapeake Arena provided 500 toys from the fans to be distributed to our Angel Tree families.
  • For the Angel Tree Participants, Feed the Children provided 1,800 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes, 400 Avon boxes for senior citizens Angel Tree recipients, and in Canadian County they provided 200 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes, and in Cleveland County, Feed the Children provided 250 Christmas meal and hygiene boxes.
  • Corporations who adopted Angel Tree families included:
    • The Chickasaw Nation Industries
    • Farmers Insurance
    • America Elite Mixed Martial Arts
    • Clearwater Paper OKC
    • The Addison Group
    • 405 Pride Bike Club
    • Aerospace Human Factors Research
    • Ben E Keith Foods
    • CAMERON Industries
    • CLS Plasma
    • Cole and Reed
    • Continental Resources Inc.
    • Department of Environmental Quality
    • Enable Midstream Partners/Enogex
    • Express Employment Professionals
    • GE Women’s Network-OKC Hub
    • HAC Inc. – Homeland
    • Mandy Haws, Sooner Bowling
    • Mary’s Maid Service Inc.
    • McFarlin United Methodist Church
    • Metro Transit
    • Northrop Grumman Corp.
    • Office of Acquisition FAA Aeronautical Center
    • Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
    • Oklahoma Educational Television Authority – OETA
    • Platt College
    • Southeast High School JROTC
    • The Greens Country Club
    • Thom-Dobson-Womack , Inc.
    • And more!
  • Senior Christmas lunch served more than 500 seniors at The Salvation Army’s five Senior Center Christmas celebrations. Each senior also received a Disaster Readiness Bag which included a flashlight, batteries and first-aid kit.
  • Oklahoma City and Norman shelter guests, bell ringers and community were invited to participate in a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Salvation Army locations and received 608 prayer requests and 122 professions of faith.


(04.01.13) Michelle Pritchard is Appointed as The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma City Unit Director

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is pleased to announce that Michelle Pritchard has been appointed The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City Unit Director.

Michelle grew up in Shawnee, OK, and received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, and is a Graduate of Leadership Shawnee.  She previously was employed for more than seven years as the Youth and Family Resource Center Assistant Executive Director in Shawnee, and as a Counselor for juveniles on probation, helping youth develop skills to build a positive future.

“I was looking for a new opportunity and the position at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club seemed like the perfect way for me to continue working with youth but also allowed me the opportunity to work on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.  The staff has been amazing and our Club Members are such a joy. I am eager to be a part of the Club’s future and to increase our positive impact in the community,” said Pritchard.

Michelle is married to Mark Pritchard, the Recruiting and Retention Non-Commissioned Officer for the Army National Guard.  She enjoys spending time with her family, and running.  She hopes to run a marathon in the future.  Michelle has attended several trainings, including ‘Within My Reach’ and ‘Finding Words’, and has also been trained as a Grievance Coordinator and Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist.

(02.13.13) 1,000s of Winter Coats Available to Oklahomans in Need

As the snow falls, The Salvation Army has 1,000s of winter coats available to keep Oklahomans warm.
Thanks to the generous donations of Oklahomans through the Brad Edwards KFOR Warmth 4 Winter Program, County Commissioner Brian Maughan’s Office, the South Oklahoma City Rotary and Chesapeake’s Winter on Western event, The Salvation Army in downtown Oklahoma City has 1,000s of coats to keep Oklahomans warm.
“For anyone who needs a winter coat we have one for every size, shape and style. From youth to seniors, we have something for everyone that will be sure to keep you warm,” said County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
The Salvation Army’s Social Services Office is located at 501 S. Harvey, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73109.
All Oklahomans are invited to pick up a coat on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, and 1 – 4 p.m.