OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  — The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma’s Advisory Board and Community Relations & Development Committee invite you to support the ministry of The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma from your couch or office chair. Why not redirect the money you would have earmarked to attend an event by donating to this alternative fundraiser? The goal for the annual fundraiser is $200,000 and runs from August 1 – August 30.

“The Salvation Army is not new to service during pandemics, having been around since 1865,” said Ryan Frace, chairman of the advisory board. “Ministry was just as important then as it is now. Individuals are in need of solace, compassion, and someone to talk to as isolation can be overwhelming. The Salvation Army has not paused in its service to the community”.

The Salvation Army’s feeding programs remain up and running, the emergency shelter is still providing rooms for men, women and families who find themselves homeless, and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been offering a safe place for youth of essential personnel to enjoy social interaction, music, and other creative arts throughout the day.

“We rely on friends who value and support our mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination,” said Traci Jinkens, director of development. “We ask the community to make a generous donation today to support The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. Be assured that for every $1 donated, 82 cents goes directly into programs and services”.

Individuals wishing to contribute may do so online at InspiringHope2020.org or by mailing in a check to The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, Attn: Inspiring Hope, 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK  73107.

“Our hope is the community rallies around this very important fundraiser and raises much needed funds to ensure everyone who needs help receives it, especially during the tumultuous times we find ourselves in with the novel coronavirus,” said Frace. “We are seeing many first-time clients seeking assistance and we want to do what we can with the resources we have been provided”.

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