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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: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • 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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Story of Hope – Randy

Randy Woods - WebsiteRandy’s mother left him when he was two years old. He was raised by his grandmother but Randy had a lot of anger in his heart. At the age of eight, he began drinking and by 15, Randy was an alcoholic. At 21 he started using drugs and his life continued to spiral out of control with a couple of visits to prison.

Randy first came to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in 2010. After finishing his 90 days of recovery, Randy left without really a change in his heart. He came back to the center in 2012 with a better attitude. After graduating in 2013, Randy started a business with a friend but when they walked off with half of the equipment, Randy slipped and drank. Knowing he couldn’t outrun his addiction or continue to spiral again, he came back to the ARC.

“I’ve got more of an open mind. I’ve got clarity to see that it’s not about me. It’s about God working through me. Once I change my attitude and my thinking, I can start leading by example. People look at me and they like me.”

Now the head cook at the center, Randy focuses on helping the other men in the program. He’s also gotten involved in The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Mission Station and loves that he can give back.

“It’s amazing because we can get together and fellowship. This place is full of God. Jesus is here and you can feel His presence always. Just being a part of that helps me grow and build my confidence and my character so I can become a better person altogether.”

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Mission Station has allowed Randy and many others from the ARC to minister by giving their testimonies. It’s a place where they can share what God’s done in their lives through His unfailing love.

“Since the new building, with you guys and us over there, finally it’s starting to work together. United we can make, divided we will fall. I just know that God has a great plan for me.”

Because of your donations, Randy found hope at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and found purpose at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Mission Station. If you would like to help support these ministries:

  • Donate goods to The Salvation Army Family Stores. Find the nearest location near you by visiting https://satruck.org/ or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
  • Attend a service at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Mission Station at 1001 N. Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73107 on Sundays or Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
  • Give financially to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma as we continue to help those in need in our community by clicking the Donate Now button above.