2018 Christmas Assistance Program for Cleveland County Residents

The Salvation Army is taking applications for Christmas assistance for Cleveland County residents on the following dates: October 8, 9, 22 and 23 from 10am to 3pm; October 11 and 25 from 3pm to 8pm at its Norman offices located at 318 E. Hayes.

The head of household must bring the following items to apply for Christmas assistance:

  • Picture ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID, government/military ID, passport or ID from country of origin) AND
  • DHS Benefits Statement Letter that includes address, income, social security number or other identification number for all household members and benefit amount OR
  • Official Birth Certificates for ALL children in the home, ages 14 & under
  • Social Security Cards or equivalent, legal documents bearing social security numbers or equivalent documentation for country of origin for ALL household members
  • Proof of Income (pay stubs, award letter, unemployment verification, etc.) Important Note: Eligibility is based on income. To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants’ gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.
  • Proof of Residence (utility bill or lease agreement). We assist individuals and families residing in Cleveland County including zip codes 73019, 73026, 73051, 73068, 73069, 73070, 73071, 73072, 73153, 73160, 73165, 73170, 73189, and 74857.

Please remember, you may only apply for Christmas assistance from ONE agency. Duplicate applications will be voided.

Please do not bring children with you to apply.

For questions regarding Christmas assistance in Cleveland County, please contact us at 405.364.9910.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program Begins

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will begin scheduling appointments for the 2018 Angel Tree program for residents in Oklahoma County beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9 a.m. at their social services office located at 1001 N. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program helps families with children, ages 0 to 12, and senior citizens, ages 62 and greater, by providing Christmas assistance. Last year, over 2,000 Angels received Christmas assistance through The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Angel Tree program.

Beginning August 1, appointment letters will be available on:

Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In order to receive Christmas assistance from The Salvation Army, individuals must bring a photo ID to collect an appointment letter and proof of residency (current gas or electric bill, lease agreement, or notarized letter from the individual with whom one is staying).

Residents of Oklahoma County and residents of ZIP codes 73159, 73165 and 73170 of Cleveland County may come during the stated hours to receive an appointment letter.

For more information and the latest updates, please contact The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100. The deadline to receive an appointment letter for this year’s program is Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 3:30pm.

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It’s Christmas in July for The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Women’s Auxiliary is kicking off their 13th annual Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraiser in July for Cleveland and Oklahoma counties in anticipation of Christmas.

Beginning July 2, over 100 counter top red kettles will be distributed to area businesses to collect donations. The Buck$ 4 Bikes program was founded in 2006 to help families in need at Christmas. “In 2017, 1,350 children wished for a bike and 1,350 received one thanks to the generosity of Central Oklahomans,” said Major Susan Ellis, area commander. “It is so heartwarming to see how individuals come together to make a child’s wish come true, from those who make a donation to the program and to those who come together each year to assemble the bikes at Christmas.”

The 2018 Buck$ 4 Bikes program goal is to raise $50,000 to purchase bikes this holiday season for needy boys and girls. “This year, we have raised over $10,000 to purchase bicycles. We still have a way to go in achieving this year’s goal,” said Major Ellis. The deadline for this year’s campaign is August 31st. Every penny donated to this cause will go to the purchase of a new Huffy bicycle with prices ranging from $34 to $57. “This year should mark the 10,000th bike to be handed out,” said D’Anna Pulliam, Buck$ 4 Bikes committee chair. “I am extremely pleased that FedEx has confirmed free delivery once again this year of bicycles and our friends at Oklahoma Bicycle Society will be providing a new helmet for each bike purchased.”

Donations may be made by visiting one of the area businesses below before August 6th: 

ADG Architecture

Advance Chiropractic

Advantage Banks

Alray’s Cleaners

Al’s Bicycle on N. MacArthur

All Arvest Bank locations

BancFirst locations in Del City, I-240, Hiawassee & NE 23rd, Harrah

Bandana Reds Diner

Beauty Mark Salon

Celestial Cycles

Coffee Slingers

Cuppies & Joe

Del Rancho in Midwest City

Fellers-Snider Law Office

First Bethany Bank locations

All First National Bank of MWC locations

Foxx Pools

Game HQ

Greenway Plaza Tag Agency

H&H Gun Range & Café

Heritage Lanes Bowling Center

Homeland, located on NW 122nd


Java 39 J’s Hallmark Stores

Liberty Mutual

Maccini Construction

Midwest City YMCA

Napoleon Deli

Okay Yeah Coffee Shop

Old Dominion Freight Lines

Pace Butler Corporation

Paris Plaza 66 Convenience Store

Platinum Beauty Salon

Pro Bikes

Quail Creek Bank

RCB Bank – Downtown OKC & N. Western locations only

Schlegel Bikes

Swiss Cleaners


The Blue Bean

The Buzz Coffee Shop

The Enchanted Cottage

Tilted Tulip Clothing Boutique

Tinker Tag Agency

Totally Tickets


Wheeler Dealer Bicycle

Wilshire Gun Range & Café

Donations may also be made by mailing a check to:

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 

Attn: Major Susan Ellis

1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Memo: Buck$ 4 Bikes

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to Help Raise Funds for Oklahoma Families in Need

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is pleased to announce its annual Home Energy Aid Pancake Breakfast with community partners Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Public Service Company of Oklahoma is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 26th at its 1001 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City location from 7am to 9am.

“We are proud to partner with these utility companies in an effort to provide some comfort and relief to seniors, persons with disabilities, and families on low and fixed incomes during these hot summer months,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander. “The Salvation Army stands ready to help those who are experiencing challenges with their utility bills and I pray the community steps up and helps by supporting this annual fundraising event during Home Energy Aid Month here in Oklahoma.”

Tickets are being sold in advance and day of event. For a $5 ticket, individuals will be treated to a generous stack of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. To go orders will also be available.

“This fundraiser comes at such a crucial time of the year as we see temperatures spike here in Oklahoma,” said Traci Jinkens, director of development. “Funds are critical to meet this ongoing need which is what makes this fundraiser of great importance. Donations and sponsorships for this event will be directed right back into the utility assistance program”.

For more information about utility assistance, contact The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100. For information on sponsorships and making a donation, contact Traci Jinkens at 405-246-1109.

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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:

5301 N. Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

1000 SW 38th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

5415 S. Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

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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Movers for Moms Collecting Items for Mother’s Day

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Men and a Truck OKC have selected The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s emergency shelter to benefit from this year’s Movers for Moms campaign.

“This is our 7th year participating in the program,” said Adam Mecke, general manager, Two Men and a Truck OKC. “We wanted to find a way to support those women who find themselves in an emergency shelter on Mother’s Day. What better way to celebrate them than to provide them with a collection of comfort and essential items to brighten their day.”

Two Men and a Truck have locations across the United States and all will be collecting donations for distribution to local women’s and family shelters for delivery on Mother’s Day. Last year, the program collected more than 295,000 essential care items for women in hundreds of shelters across the nation. This year, the national goal is 310,000 items.

“We are extremely grateful to have partners that want to step in and bless the women who are residing in our emergency shelter,” said Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma. “Many who find themselves in need of shelter have nothing but the clothes on their back. This Mother’s Day will be a very special day for our women’s and family shelters and one that will show how much each is loved and cared for.”

Two Men and a Truck OKC are partnering with Legacy Cleaners locations in Edmond and Oklahoma City, as well as Venturis Clinic. Each location will have a drop off box for anyone wishing to donate to the Movers for Moms program. Donations being encouraged are: nice soaps and shower gels; robes; housecoats; slippers; shower shoes; perfumes and body sprays; scented lotions; manicure kits; combs and brushes. All donated items should be new.

Specific drop off locations are as follows:

  • Legacy Cleaners (4917 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City)
  • Legacy Cleaners (1531 East 2nd St. Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (1201 Northwest 178th St. #125, Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (1208 S. Broadway, Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (805 W. Covell St., Edmond)
  • Legacy Cleaners (16504 N. May Ave., Edmond)
  • Two Men and a Truck OKC (216 N Cooley Dr., Oklahoma City)
  • Venturis Clinic (7917 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City)

Businesses wishing to learn more and participate in the Movers for Moms program should contact Two Men and a Truck at 405-708-7707. For more information, please visit twomenandatruck.com/MoversForMoms

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Trained Volunteers are Effective Volunteers

Oklahoma City, OK – In The Salvation Army, preparation for disaster response is an important part of their ability to respond when disaster strikes.   When disasters occur, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services rely on trained volunteers to help serve and respond in times of need.

We encourage you to join us at our next Emergency Disaster Services training to gain an overview of The Salvation Army’s mission and its role within disaster work during the Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services section.   Participants will learn how to prepare and equip themselves to help us serve your local community in times of crisis.

What:              Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

When:             March 29, 2018

Time:               1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where:            Oklahoma City, OK (RSVP for address)

For more information or to register for this training, please contact Liz Banks at 405-246-1107, email her at liz.banks@uss.salvationarmy.org or visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training.

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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Closed on Thursday

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Due to the continued winter storm, The Salvation Army Oklahoma City administrative offices and social services office will be closed Thursday, February 22, 2018.

The Salvation Army of Canadian County, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Danforth Senior Center, Reding Senior Center, Shartel Senior Center, and Warr Acres Senior Center will be closed as well.

The Salvation Army shelters and evening meal in Oklahoma City and Norman are ongoing. Shelters are located at:

– 1001 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
– 318 E. Hayes, Norman, OK 73069


The Salvation Army Opens Its Doors for Emergency Overnight Shelter

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma opens its doors at its 1001 N. Pennsylvania Avenue location to those who need emergency overnight shelter during the dangerous cold with the help of its neighbors at The Homeless Alliance, City Care, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Elite Protection Services.

“Thanks to the wonderful support of this community, as well as collaborative partners like The Homeless Alliance, City Care and The United Way, we’re thrilled to be able to open our cold weather shelter,” says Major Thomas McWilliams, area commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “The bitterly cold temperatures are a significant danger to families lacking proper housing or a dependable source of hot meals.”

The Salvation Army, a United Way of Central Oklahoma partner agency, has a valuable resource in this partnership as opportunities to openly discuss the need has led to several agencies stepping up to help. One of those partner agencies is The Homeless Alliance.

“On any given night in Oklahoma City, there are 1,400 people who are homeless, 300 of whom are unsheltered and living on our streets, under bridges and in camps scattered across our community.  When temperatures drop below freezing those people, our neighbors, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, are at horrible risk,” said Dan Straughan, executive director for The Homeless Alliance. “Oklahoma City has a long history of coming together to help our neighbors in need.  In this time of direst need for our city’s 300+ unsheltered homeless people, The Homeless Alliance is proud to stand in the gap with City Care, The Salvation Army and the United Way.”

The Salvation Army warming station will open its doors each evening when the temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below. “May the Lord bless all of those who find themselves out in the frigid conditions as well as those who are stepping in to help as we work together to provide a warm place to those struggling with the cold,” said McWilliams.

In addition to its emergency shelter operations, The Salvation Army also provides a warm meal each evening in its Red Shield Diner and Kitchen where anyone in need of a meal can drop in. The evening meal is served at 5 p.m. The Red Shield Diner & Kitchen annually serves over 150,000 meals.

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Holiday Hours for Client Choice Food Pantry

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Beginning December 1st, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Client Choice Food Pantry will be operating under special holiday hours. The schedule for the pantry is as follows:

Friday, December 1st – 9am to noon
Monday, December 4th – 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday, December 6th – 9am to noon & 1pm to 3pm
Friday, December 8th – 9am to noon
Monday, December 11th – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 13th – CLOSED
Friday, December 15th – CLOSED
Monday, December 18th – 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday, December 20th – 9am to noon & 1pm to 3pm
Friday, December 22nd – CLOSED
Monday, December 25th – CLOSED
Wednesday, December 27th – CLOSED
Friday, December 29th – CLOSED
Monday, January 1st – CLOSED

If you have questions about the food pantry, please call us at 405-246-1100.

Merry Christmas from your Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Office of Social Services Ministry.