How to Give Hope to Millions of Americans Impacted by COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Tuesday, May 5, The Salvation Army and Candace Cameron Bure are asking people to join the Fight for Good by providing hope and help to those impacted by the coronavirus. For millions of Americans experiencing urgent need, The Salvation Army is their first stop for help. In response to this pandemic, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma has been providing food, safe shelter, and emotional and spiritual support; as well as youth programs, financial assistance and hygiene kits across Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. With increased demand for aid expected to continue over the coming weeks, months, and potentially years, ongoing public support will be needed to ensure basic necessities are fulfilled with compassion and dignity.

Although this is an unprecedented time in our history, facing stark realities is not new for The Salvation Army. Throughout its 155-year ministry, it has delivered programming rooted in hope, which is a critical component to overcoming adversity.

“We hope because we have learned that though it’s dark, the dawn is coming,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. “We hope because after the storm, the rescuers rise up. We hope, because though we are hard-pressed, we are not overcome.”

The Greatest Need, Now

A $25 gift of hope will ensure Americans in need have access to 10 meals, immediately. A $25 monthly gift will help provide meals during months when food insecurity is already great. To donate, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.

The Greatest Hope, Now

“Find a way to share hope,” said Ellis. “Find a way to give others a hand up out of the despair that many are driven to in these troubled times”.

If you’re unable to make a monetary donation or would like to do more on Giving Tuesday Now, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma encourages us to share hope, together. The goal is to bring our nation together in sending comforting thoughts to those who are struggling, praying for those serving on the front lines, and directing messages of hope to those in need. There are three ways to get involved:

  1. From May 4-5, visit The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma on Facebook @SalArmyCentralOK or Instagram @SalArmyCentralOK to post a comment, or simply share your message of hope and encouragement by tagging #10MinutesOfHope.
  2. On May 5, join the Fight for Good Ambassador – actress, executive producer and New York Times best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure – as she calls for messages of hope on her social media channels.
  3. OnMay 5 at 7:30 p.m. CT, take 10 minutes out of your day for hope:
    • Read positive stories with your family
    • Share thoughts or prayers for those in need
    • Watch The Salvation Army’s Facebook Live video (@SalvationArmyUSA) for spiritual guidance

 If you or someone you know needs hope, call the Hope Hotline at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673), open from 8 a.m. to midnight, or visitwww.salvationarmyusa.org to find your local Salvation Army.