Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 23, 2013) – The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign raised $651,717 that will be used to aid the poor in Central Oklahoma, officials announced today.
The amount exceeded the goal of $552,780, and surpassed the $645,848.22 amount the organization collected in 2011.
“We’re very grateful,” Major Dan Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Commander said. “The increases in Canadian and Cleveland counties played a large role in the success of this year’s campaign. None of this would have been possible without the community’s support.”
Oklahomans not only gave of their resources in abundance this year, they also gave of their time in record amounts. We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012. An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers. Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours. The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477. The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.
In another record, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals. Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with food, Angel Tree Program toys, and clothing during Christmas, Salvation Army officials said. Some of the funds will also be used to stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.
“This year Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Major Francina Proctor, Associate Area Commander. “We have received an abundance of ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity. We are extending these words of thanksgiving from the single family homes, grandparents raising grandchildren, senior citizens, and even from a prisoner who wrote: Christmas can be a sad time for many as it highlights separation from loved ones. The love of Christ reflected through ministries such as yours helps to ease this pain, thank you and God bless you. Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas. Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”
A total of 84 Red Kettle stations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though Dec. 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 Major Dan Proctor. “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 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals through the Christmas season.
- OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chair.
- Yukon Homeland hosted the Kettle kickoff.
- Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree kickoff, with the Thunder Girls, and Kevin Ogle.
- We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012. An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers. Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours. The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477. The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.
- The Salvation Army was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals.
- Landmark Homes had a Thankmas party at one of their model homes. They collected food and toys to benefit children in our program.
- McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took over 100 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.
- The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Hawes family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for six of our largest and most needy families.
- The Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased food and clothing for them.
- The Fill the Truck Event at WalMart helped gather over 100 toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.
- Warmth4Winter Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Comm. Brian Maughan’s office and The Salvation Army has collected thousands of coats for Oklahomans this winter.
- 830 Bicycles were distributed to children in need (Buck$ 4 Bikes). 220 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis, NW OKC Rotary, Oklahoma Bike Society, Southern Nazarene University 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.
- Partnership with Food & Shelter Inc. to have a Christmas party for clients in the combined shelters, as well as the homeless clients. Food & Shelter provided the gifts, and we provided the food. Joan and Richard Day sponsored the Shelter Christmas party.
- Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center. In addition, Dr. Lackey who donated the space, and Judy Hatfield of Equity Real estate for coordinating it.
- Paycom’s generous $32,000 employee and company match Christmas donation
- Northpark Mall Big Night Out benefit
- Mid-America Christian University/Tyler Media, Thunder Toy drive.
- Chesapeake Winter on Western Warmth4Winter Coat Drive
- Senior Christmas lunch
Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking
on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza
This January, Oklahomans Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 17, 2013) – In observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force invites all Oklahomans to attend a Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza.
“According to experts, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. Free the Slaves conservatively estimates there are 27 million men, women, and children in slavery at any given time. Eighty percent of all victims are women, and HALF of them are children. The victims of human trafficking are trapped in a life of misery…often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or taken to grueling jobs and forced to work for little or no pay,” said Major Leisa Hall, Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma. “Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, second only to drugs as the largest criminal enterprise in the world. Shockingly, the average entry age for trafficked victims in the sex industry is 12-14 years old. Even here in America, our nation’s sons and daughters are being forced to work as sex slaves and we need your help to get the word out.”
“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery. As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.” – President Barack Obama, as stated in his Presidential Proclamation.
“Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation for human trafficking. Geographically, Oklahoma is the crossroads of the nation; we have three major interstates that run right through the heart of our State. Traffickers are driving through our state every day,” said Suzi Hanson, OATH (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Coalition Volunteer. “Human Trafficking is an issue of vulnerability and Oklahoma is in the top for all the wrong things – teenage pregnancy, teenage homelessness, child abuse to name a few and we are in the bottom for the wrong things as well – 49th in education and according to the last census, we were 46th in per capita income. If you are a bad guy looking for vulnerable, broken, hurting, young girls, Oklahoma is the place to be.”
More Candlelight Vigil Details:
Upcoming Human Trafficking Events
OATH (Oklahoman Against Trafficking Humans) Fundraising Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Skirvin Hotel
Contact: Suzi Hanson at email@example.com or 405-822-8230
Miss Oklahoma 2012 will be our emcee for the luncheon, and you will learn more about human trafficking and how it relates to Oklahoma. Additionally, a survivor of human trafficking, trafficked here in Oklahoma, will share her story. Projects to include, but not limited to, awareness campaigns, getting this information into schools educating our sons and daughters, and research into opening a home for girls who are rescued from sex trafficking under the age of 18.
Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking Online Discussion
January 22, 2013, 11 a.m.
Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.
Community Summit on Human Trafficking
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.), Location: TBA
Contact: Major Leisa Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.), is a local non-profit, 501(c)3, that focuses on helping people understand human trafficking. Our mission is to expose this issue, identify possible victims, and help them get the services that they need for recovery. Many Americans are stunned to find that this is not only an international and national problem, but that it strikes at the very heart of our great state of Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma is one of the top states in our nation for recruiting and trafficking slaves for the sex industry. The United States is the number one destination for child sex trafficking. Our children are at risk and we at O.A.T.H. want you to know how to protect the ones you love!
*Statistics from Federal Agencies, FBI, OBN, OATH, Salvation Army and Polaris
The First Annual Salvation Army Senior Living Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Warr Acres Community Center, 4301 N. Ann Arbor.
The event is free and open to the public. Senior citizens can learn of ways to enhance their lifestyle, embrace new ideas and get involved.
More than 30 organizations and service providers are slated to share information. Find out where to access continuing education programs, recreation opportunities, transportation options, home health providers, housing and much more.
“Seniors get to learn that they have options and amazing services available. If they are looking for it and can’t find it, keep asking questions,” said Lisa Syndor, Salvation Army senior center coordinator. “There are more things out there for seniors than we have ever imagined. Many seniors are not aware of about 99 percent of activities open to them. This goes beyond nursing homes and medical care; active seniors adults have access to many exciting, enriching and rewarding experiences.”
Information will be offered about housing available to seniors, medical, home health care, transportation and communications through such participants as OK Housing Authority, Catholic Charities, Cricket Communications and senior living communities.
“So many things are out there for seniors who are volunteering, traveling, working full-time,” said Syndor. “For instance, there are RV Clubs and sites that cater to only seniors and have special rates for traveling.”
Lunch will be available for a donation.
The mission of Salvation Army Senior Program is to offer programs for senior citizens that enhance self-worth, dignity and the intrinsic value of each individual. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command provides senior programs at five centers in Central Oklahoma County.
The event is free to attend. For more information, contact Lisa at 631-1462 or Sherrie at 789-9892.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is starting to enroll families in the Christmas Angel Tree program.
Appointments can only be done in person; NO call in appointments will be taken!
To schedule, families must bring required documentation (listed below) when they arrive for the actual appointment in late September and late October.
The Salvation Army is scheduling family and children for Angel Tree NOW for the week of Sept. 25-29. Clients MUST come to the Social Services office at 501 S. Harvey to make an appointment from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Limit is 1,200 clients.
After the first week of appointments are completed that week, The Salvation Army will be able to schedule for the next period, Oct. 23 -17, based on the actual response to the first week.
The October appointments will resume Oct. 1; apply in person.
For Seniors age 62 and older, the Social Services Offices will accept appointments in person on Fridays begining with Sept. 7. NO call in registrations will be taken. Note Seniors will actually register at this visit and will need to bring all appropriate documents at this time.
Senior applications will continue each Friday for a maximum of 300 applications.
The following is a list of information required when “Registering” for Christmas 2012 at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. Seniors bring all at there Registration visit on Fridays, families with children bring all of this information when they come to their appointments in late September and late October.
* Picture ID (Driver’s License, State-issued ID, Governmental/Military ID, Passport or ID from country of origin) for ALL adult household members
* Official Certified State Issued Birth Certificates (not the hospital issued Birth Certificate) or DHS Benefits Statement (must include name, birth date and social security number) for ALL children in the home, ages 0 – 14 years
* Social Security Cards, legal documents bearing Social Security numbers or equivalent documentation from country of origin
for ALL household members
* Proof of Household Income – Pay stub, award letter, unemployment verification. If NO income verification is available, you may bring DHS Benefits Statement (must include name, birth date, social security number, benefit type and amount)
* Proof of Residency (current gas, electric, propane or water utility bill or lease/mortgage agreement)
* Proof of Expenses (household, vehicles, medical, any monthly payments, etc.)
Please do not bring children to your appointment!
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary annual fall fundraiser, “Celebration of Hope.” The event is set for Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at the Marriott Hotel, Northwest Expressway.
The Auxiliary’s goal is to raise $125,000 to help meet the ever-increasing needs of suffering families in Central Oklahoma.
The Celebration of Hope starts at 6 p.m. with live and silent auctions, dinner, entertainment and inspiration. The Honorary Chair of the event is Rumble the Bison from The Oklahoma City Thunder and special guest is Kelly Garrison, an Oklahoma Olympic gymnast and speaker.
Entertainment will be provided by June Carter and emcee for the event is Mike Boatman, Oklahoma Toastmasters International speech champion.
Tickets are $60 with preferred tables of 10 for $1,000.
Monies raised by this year’s “Celebration of Hope” will open “a huge door of opportunity for good works” by providing financial assistance for these Central Oklahoma Area Command Salvation Army programs and services, said Associate Area Commander Major Francina Proctor.
Funds raised will go toward:
• Christmas Assistance for over four thousand needy children and senior adults
• Supplies for the Men’s, Women’s, and Family Shelters
• Scholarships for the Boys & Girls Club
• Food and equipment for the Food Pantry, Red Shield Kitchen, and Thanksgiving Community Brunch
“I hope you will consider partnering with me to help God’s people in need. Know that every penny received will go these programs,” said Proctor. “Also know that a gift in any amount will be a blessing and will help The Salvation Army to continue ‘Doing the Most Good’ for many who have lost all hope.”
Please make your check payable to SAWA “Celebration of Hope.”
For more information, contact The Salvation Army Oklahoma City at 405-246-1100.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s 2012 Christmas Angel Tree Program will begin sign up appointments on Aug. 27.
This program provides assistance for families with children ages 0-14 years of age and for senior citizens age 62 and older. Oklahoma County residents only.
Applications for 2012 Christmas Angel Tree Program will be by appointment only.
So that you may apply for assistance, Oklahoma County area residents must go in person to The Salvation Army Social Services Office to receive an appointment letter.The Salvation Army 501 S Harvey (corner of SW 4th and Harvey) 405-246-1060
Appointments can be made from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Social Services Office beginning Aug. 27.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will once again host the Red Hot Kettle Run 5K and 10K on Aug. 25 at Regatta Park, 725 S Lincoln, in Oklahoma City’s boathouse district.
All funds from the race will go to The Salvation Army Social Services office to help provide food assistance, utility assistance and shelter to Central Oklahoma’s neediest citizens. The run will begin at 7 a.m. sharp at the Regatta Park. Runners will receive a T-shirt and winning gifts for each age group.
Packet Pick will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Salvation Army location at 311 SW 5th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. Avoid the rush! Pick up early.
To REGISTER: https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/84958
Volunteers are still needed to help with water stops, registration and other tasks. Please volunteer by calling Lois Green at 405-246-1101.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Back to School Program began on Monday, July 23.
The Salvation Army gives out new underwear and new socks to children in grades K-12 until supplies run out and the goal is to serve 1,000 school aged children with a weeks worth of undergarments.
From July 23 – 26, 2012, we assisted over 800 students with approximately 12,075 individual undergarments for Back to School.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has chosen to assist these children by providing undergarments as they return to school for the coming year. Each year has seen an increase in program needs.
The volume of children assisted each year, are as follows; 2009 – 373 children, 2010 – 412 children and 2011 – 607 children. W
“We are expecting this upward trend to continue as the general needs of our community have continued to increase over the past year,” said Salvation Army Social Services Director Ashley Jones. “Estimates for individuals applying this year are between 800 and 1,000 individuals.”
For information or to receive Back to School undergarments, call Salvation Army Social Services at 246-1060.
August 13, 2012 – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has announced it will donate up to $15,000 to The Salvation Army in a matching grant to assist wildfire victims in rebuilding their lives after wildfires destroyed 375 homes.
The company will donate the money to The Salvation Army disaster fund. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma will match dollar for dollar every donation from the public up to $15,000 for use in wildfire recovery. The Central Oklahoma Area Command will receive $7,500 of the matching funds for local disaster recovery efforts.
“Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma for this matching grant. Having worked with victims of these wildfires, this support is greatly needed to help our neighbors put their lives back together. Please help them by donating,” said Major Dan Proctor, Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Commander.
Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks. More than 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and officers.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command was active in Luther, Geary and Noble during the wildfires and is part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Luther and Noble, which are giving out $100 gift cards to help wildfire victims purchase some basic needed supplies such as meals.
“As a local health insurer, we want to take care of the communities where we live and work, and what better way to do that than to help Oklahomans in their most desperate hours,” said Dr. Joseph Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Health Care Management at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “It is a privilege to be able to stand with our members in their time of need.”
The money from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma matching grant will help the victims with whatever they need to rebuild their lives.
Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (Monetary donations only)
(Click on “Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts”)
Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 2095
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
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