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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Receives $20,000 Grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Pictured left to right: Hans H. Thun, III, Advisory Board Chairman, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma; Erika Warren, Manager, Grants and Programs, Oklahoma City Community Foundation; and Major Thomas McWilliams, Area Commander, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Services for the Elderly iFund grant program. The grant will be used to assist in funding Senior Watch through The Salvation Army’s Senior Programs Department, which will allow the nonprofit to increase its level of service to the population it serves.

“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” says Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander. “These funds will enable us to continue to meet those critical needs being experienced by so many of our seniors. We appreciate the support of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.”

Through The Salvation Army’s Senior Watch points-of-service, Senior Programs staff are serving as advocates for the well-being of seniors and want to do what they can to help those who truly need assistance. This need may be one of independence or self-sufficiency. It may also fall into the area of urgent or critical need. The needs are as varied as the situation one may face such as receiving a terminal diagnosis and needing assistance to find care options; being relocated to hospice or assisted living; an air conditioning unit crashing in the middle of summer and funding out it is unrepairable; a wheel chair breaking down; refrigerator going out; or, and most heart wrenching, a senior needing a bed as he has been sleeping on the floor for several months, or even years.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma has been serving the elderly population for over 50 years. There are currently four senior centers in the Oklahoma City metro area serving approximately 350-425 seniors each week. The centers are open to anyone age 55 or older, free of charge. Wellness activities, lunch, Bible study, and reading and discussion groups are all a part of the current programming taking place. Those locations are:

DANFORTH CENTER
5301 N. Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

REDING CENTER
1000 SW 38th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

SHARTEL CENTER
5415 S. Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

WARR ACRES CENTER
4301 N. Ann Arbor
Oklahoma City, OK 73122

For more information about Senior Programs, please contact Lisa Sydnor, senior programs manager, at 405-246-1120.

About Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. An initiative of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees, the iFund grant program utilizes gifts from donors to support services for children and elderly, as well as provide access to health care. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Nearly 183,000 Oklahomans receive assistance from The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyokcac.orgThe Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is a proud partner agency of the United Way of Central Oklahoma. 

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Salvation Army Extends Deadline for Final Angel Tree Push

 

The Salvation Army is extending the deadline to return Angels to the Angel Trees at Penn Square and Quail Springs Malls until Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. As of today, almost 300 Angels have not been adopted off of the mall Angel Trees and more than 2,700 have not been returned with their gifts.

The Salvation Army needs your help to ensure no child is forgotten this Christmas. Stop by the Angel Tree at Penn Square or Quail Springs Mall before Dec. 15 and adopt an Angel from the tree. The gifts purchased for the children and seniors on the Angel Tree are often the only Christmas gifts they receive.

“Even though our Angels may never know where these gifts come from, the feeling they get on Christmas morning when they open their gifts will stay with them forever,” said Major Charlotte Gargis, associate area commander of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “Once again we ask for the community’s help to make Christmas bright for families in need so no child or senior is forgotten.”

On average, 15 to 20 percent of Angels are not returned because they are lost or forgotten. The Salvation Army is in need of new clothing items and new, unwrapped toys to fill forgotten Angels, ages 6-14, this Christmas.

Toy and clothing donations may be brought to the mall Angel Trees or Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73149, until December 17 at 4 p.m. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Workshop is located on the east side of the mall, in the space formerly occupied by Montgomery Wards.

The Angel Tree families will begin receiving their gifts on December 19 through December 22. Each family will collect their gifts as well as receive a box of food to prepare a Christmas meal.

For questions on how you can help ensure no child is forgotten this Christmas, please contact Major Gargis at 405-246-1113 or charlotte.gargis@uss.salvationarmy.org. Your donation will bring hope to a family this Christmas.

 

Senior Programs Receives Wellness Initiative Grant for Men’s Activities

OCCF Check PresentationOklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce it has received an $11,600 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Wellness Initiative grant program. The grant will be used to assist in funding senior men’s activity programs, which will allow The Salvation Army to increase its level of service to men at their five senior centers.

“As we evaluated our activities at the senior centers, we discovered the men’s interest and participation was significantly lower than the women’s,” says Lisa Sydnor, senior programs manager. “We are so pleased to receive this grant as it will allow us to provide the activities our senior men have told us they want.”

The Wellness Initiative grant will fund wood and leather craft kits; sports equipment for pool, darts, indoor golf and horseshoes; fishing equipment; and, tickets to sporting events. By providing these activities, The Salvation Army strives to increase participation of both men and women in their senior programs.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma operates five senior centers throughout the Oklahoma City metro. The centers are open every weekday to seniors ages 55 and older. Seniors have the opportunity to socialize, enjoy lunch and participate in numerous activities that include Bible study, exercise classes, crafts, dancing and much more.

Approximately 139,000 Oklahomans receive assistance from The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command 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. For more information on the programs and services at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma, please visit www.salvationarmyokcac.org.

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. For more information about the Oklahoma City Community foundation, visit www.occf.org.

Salvation Army Hosts 4th Annual Senior Living Fair

Website Banner - 2015 logoThe Salvation Army 4th Annual Senior Living Fair will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope, 1001 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73107. The Senior Living Fair, presented by Well Preserved Advisory Group and Senior News & Living OK, strives to spread hope by providing resources that empower older Americans to be more positive, active and physically fit.

“We’re excited to be able to showcase so many organizations in one place that can be a resource to senior citizens,” said Lisa Sydnor, senior programs manager at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “We have 47 exhibitors for this year’s fair who can enhance and empower our seniors to live fuller lives.”

The Senior Living Fair is free to the public, thanks to sponsors like Brookdale Senior Living, and includes exhibits for health and wellness, housing, Medicare information, insurance, aging-in-place, and fun ways to stay active.

Exhibitors for this year include the Oklahoma State Attorney General, Legal Aid of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma City Fire Department, Valir, Sunbeam Family Services, RSVP of Central Oklahoma, AARP, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Seniors on the Move and many more.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma operates five senior centers throughout the Oklahoma City metro. The centers are open every weekday to seniors ages 55 and older. Seniors have the opportunity to socialize, enjoy lunch and participate in numerous activities that include Bible study, exercise classes, crafts, dancing and much more.