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Donors, Volunteers and Beneficaries to be Recognized During 61st
National Salvation Army Week in Oklahoma City

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) May 7, 2014–-The Salvation Army will celebrate its 61th annual National Salvation Army Week next week May 11-17 by sharing stories of volunteers and community partnerships that are making a difference in the lives of Oklahomans. Events locally and across country will highlight the importance of Americans giving back to their local communities to support their neighbors in need at a time when many families and individuals continue to struggle to make ends meet. The very first National Salvation Army Week was declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower between November 18 and December 4, 1954 as a reminder to Americans that they should give freely of themselves.

“There are Oklahomans in need every day of the year and we are here to serve them,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander at Central Oklahoma Area Command. “National Salvation Army Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate the community’s partnership with us and shine a light on the ongoing needs.

In Central Oklahoma, Salvation Army Week will be recognized with stories of our amazing volunteers and community partners. Each day of Salvation Army Week, a story highlighting a volunteer or corporate partner will be shared on our social media and website. You can find us at,, and

Since 1889 when The Salvation Army began its social service work in Oklahoma City, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country, directly supporting nearly 30 million Americans each year and more than 139,000 in Central Oklahoma alone, through a variety of programs. Programs include two emergency shelters, five senior centers, a food pantry, Red Shield Kitchen, a Boys and Girls Club, two community churches and three social service centers.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern.  In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not changed. More information about The Salvation Army’s service programs in Central Oklahoma is available online at

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 33 million Americans, and of which 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to