Archive for November, 2010

From 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will serve a hearty Thanksgiving breakfast to any and all who arrive at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Bricktown Coca-Cola Event Center, 425 E. California.

Because so many organizations and churches now serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the community, The Salvation Army decided to fill the need for an earlier meal. Instead of dinner, The Salvation Army will serve a traditional breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and biscuits and gravy to the community.

“We noticed that people began lining up for dinner as early as 7 a.m.,” said Major Francina Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Command.

“We decided to offer a breakfast this year to offer to families to get them on their way to all the other events later in the day. It’s a need we saw that wasn’t being filled.”

Last year, more than 1,300 citizens were served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with the fixin’s and dessert. This year, The Salvation Army expects more visitors for breakfast and will rely on an army of more than 200 volunteers to help bring the holidays to the homeless or lonely. 

Some other fast facts about our Thanksgiving Dinner:

      * The motorcycle gang The Rough Riders will volunteer to deliver Thanksgiving Meals to the homebound.

      * Entertainment will be provided by The Salvation Army.

      * Set up for the event begins at 6:30 a.m. that morning (decorating)

      * Krispy Kreme will donate nearly 80 dozen donuts to give out as people wait

GREAT piece on News OK about The Angel Tree Kick-Off. Thunder Girls really showed their talent!

 

http://www.newsok.com/multimedia/video/681516909001

With the help of Rumble the Bison and The Oklahoma City Thunder, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command officially opened the 2010 Angel Tree this morning.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is once again asking citizens to adopt needy children and seniors through its Angel Tree Program.  This year the Angel Tree is located on the second floor at Penn Square Mall near The Buckle.

Adoption of these children and seniors helps to provide Christmas cheer and presents for 2,000 community families and seniors from the Salvation Army’s five senior centers and social services programs.

The Angel Tree program, which features paper angels listing a child or senior’s age, name and Christmas wishes, will provide presents for thousands of needy children and seniors who otherwise would not receive gifts.

We urge the citizens of Central Oklahoma County to support the Angel Tree program and be a part of providing a meaningful Christmas to as many as possible,” Major Francina Proctor said.

Citizens can choose Angels at the Penn Square Mall location. When the presents are returned from the mall and the businesses, hundreds of volunteers will work to “process” the gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center, located this year at the empty Walmart Building at Reno and Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City.

The unwrapped gifts will be sorted, put into individual family boxes and handed out December 15, 16 and 17 to the families who signed up. Parents are encouraged to wrap the gifts themselves after picking them up at the distribution center.

The senior citizen gifts are wrapped at the distribution center and delivered to the senior centers.

Volunteers are needed to receive, process and distribute the toys at The Salvation Army Toy Distribution Center, located at 7500 East Reno/Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City from December 6 to 17. Those interested in volunteering can call Volunteer Coordinator Lois Green at 246-1101.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is once again asking citizens to adopt needy children and seniors through its Angel Tree Program.  This year the Angel Tree will be located on the second floor at Penn Square Mall near The Buckle.

A community kick-off and ribbon cutting for the Angel Tree will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 inside Penn Square Mall by The Buckle on the second floor. The ribbon cutting will include The Oklahoma City Thunder Girls and Rumble the Bison, mascot for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as members of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Women’s Auxiliary.

Besides providing angels for the mall tree, The Salvation Army has also provided Corporate Angel Tree tags to businesses metro-wide. Adoption of these children and seniors helps to provide Christmas cheer and presents for 2,000 community families and seniors from the Salvation Army’s five senior centers and social services programs.

The Angel Tree program, which features paper angels listing a child or senior’s age, name and Christmas wishes, will provide presents for thousands of needy children and seniors who otherwise would not receive gifts.

“Families were interviewed in October and November to determine if they would qualify to be a part of this program,” said Major Francina Proctor, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.

“The need is so much greater this year. We urge the citizens of Central Oklahoma County to support the Angel Tree program and be a part of providing a meaningful Christmas to as many as possible,” she said.

Citizens can choose Angels at the Penn Square Mall location. When the presents are returned from the mall and the businesses, hundreds of volunteers will work to “process” the gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center, located this year at the empty Walmart Building at Reno and Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City.

The unwrapped gifts will be sorted, put into individual family boxes and handed out December 15, 16 and 17 to the families who signed up. Parents are encouraged to wrap the gifts themselves after picking them up at the distribution center.

The senior citizen gifts are wrapped at the distribution center and delivered to the senior centers.

Volunteers are needed to receive, process and distribute the toys at The Salvation Army Toy Distribution Center, located at 7500 East Reno/Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City from December 6 to 17. Those interested in volunteering can call Volunteer Coordinator Lois Green at 246-1101.

Major Dan Proctor helps give Thanksgiving items to clients at The Salvation Army.

With special thanks to Cargill Meat and Honeysuckle White, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is providing 400 families with the makings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

As part of its national More To Share® hunger-fighting program, Cargill Meat Solutions, producers of Honeysuckle White® turkey products, donated 150 turkeys to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command to help feed the hungry of Central Oklahoma during the holidays.

Approximately 200 families were given turkeys on Tuesday, Nov. 16 with another 200 families receiving turkeys on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

 “So many families are struggling this year, and The Salvation Army is doing the most good by providing a traditional holiday meal to those who may not be able to afford it this year,” said Ashley Jones, director of Social Services.

“Our senior citizens especially seem to be suffering more. By providing turkeys from Honeysuckle White and other items, The Salvation Army will help families celebrate this holiday despite their troubles.”

The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City, Inc. has also donated Thanksgiving “Pet Food Platters” that will be given to seniors who requested pet food.

The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City provides pet food and services to low-income senior citizens and to the homeless. Many times, seniors share their food with their pets, thus taking food from their own plate so their pet can eat.

 “We are especially thankful to The Pet Food Pantry for bringing food items for pets as well,” said Jones. “For our seniors especially, pets offer companionship and are vital to the well being our clients. But, we do not want anyone making the choice between feeding themselves or their pets.”

Want to help suffering families in Central Oklahoma, but not keen on the idea of going out and ringing bells for The Salvation Army?

 Well, we’ve got a solution for you. Host your own online Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org! It’s free and easy to set up. You can do it as a family, a team, a business, a church group or even by yourself.

 Just set a goal of what you’d like to raise and then let all your friends, coworkers, acquaintances and everyone else know!

It’s really fun and really easy to do and it will help The Salvation Army to continue to provide food, groceries to suffering families, utility assistance, senior citizens assistance, youth programs, shelter, addiction recovery and disaster relief to the 125,000 people in Central Oklahoma that we help every year.

Or, you can donate to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s online kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org/salvationarmyok!

 Let’s ring bells for all our neighbors who need hope this year!

The Salvation Army Norman is teaming up with The House FM and Praise 88.7, both statewide non-profit radio stations, to collect turkeys for hungry families and also score some cool tunes.

Listeners are encouraged to come out between 1 and 3 to the Wal-Mart on S. Interstate Dr. on Saturday for the second annual Turkey 4 Tunes! Donate a turkey (the store has some great sales on turkeys that day) and donate it right there to The Salvation Army to get a Christmas CD of your choice from The House FM.

Last year, more than 240 turkeys were donated in nine different locations and listeners were able to get CDs, DVDs and prizes. Truly a win-win for all.

 Why are turkeys a big deal?

Because Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates all that we are blessed with. For many families in the metro, even a turkey is beyond their financial means as they struggle with job loss, medical issues, poverty or despair. The Salvation Army will provide Thanksgiving Food Boxes to families in need, ensuring that every household will have a dinner to be thankful for on the holidays.

Donating is as easy as… pumpkin pie! While shopping this Saturday at Walmart on S. I-35 in Norman, pick up an extra turkey. Walk outside, donate that turkey to The Salvation Army and choose your favorite CD.

Thanks for helping! Your generosity helps more than you can ever know!

The Salvation Army will kick-off the Annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, with a nationally televised halftime performance by Grammy-winning artist, Keith Urban during the Dallas Cowboys matchup against defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints.

This will mark the 14th year of the musical partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army.

Since the partnership began in 1997, The Salvation Army has raised more than $1.3 billion in the red kettles to help serve those in need in local communities nationwide.

Previous halftime performers have included: Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gillman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

This year, The Salvation Army will be sponsoring contests including a chance to win two tickets to see the Thanksgiving Day game for top Online Red Kettle fundraisers.

More information is available at http://www.OnlineRedKettle.org.