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Salvation Army Social Services Director Ashley Jones gives a box fan to a client in need to help beat last year’s brutal heat. Summer brings added challenges for our clients.


The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is throwing out its net in search of monetary donations to help the needy and the destitute.
“We are concerned that we won’t be able to help people arriving at our door through the summer,” says Major Dan Proctor, area commander. “The Salvation Army has always relied on the generosity of local residents to help us do our work, and we are making a special plea at this time for support.”
Last summer, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma helped more than 139,000 people – and anticipates more need this summer.
“Our holiday donations have long since been depleted, and we have little left to work with,” said Major Proctor. “With Oklahoma’s brutal summer on the way, we anticipate more people turning to us for box fans, utility assistance and food.”
Besides feeding hungry people, The Salvation Army provides clothing for the needy, shelter for homeless people and counseling for the sick at heart.
Who are the truly needy? Among them are hardworking, low-income families whose food budgets stretch to the breaking point in summer, when their children no longer receive federal school lunches. Others include laid-off workers who have run through their savings while seeking new employment.
These seasonal visitors to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command swell the ranks of the regulars − the homeless, chronically unemployed and physically and mentally ill who receive food, clothing, shelter and counseling throughout the year.
During the summer, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will act as a Cool Zone when temperatures reach over 100 degrees and will hand out box fans if available to the elderly, the chronically ill and those with infants in the home. Utility assistance requests also increase dramatically in the summer months.
“As a result, we find all of our supplies running low in the summer,” said Ashley Jones, social services director for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma.
To donate to The Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, 405-246-1100 or mail gifts to PO Box 2095, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 – ATTN: Summer Needs or make a donation online at http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Visitors may also follow The Salvation Army at Salvation Army Oklahoma City on Facebook or @Salvationarmyok on Twitter.

 Linda Day of Central Oklahoma had worked hard all her life, but she still wanted an engaging activity to enjoy when she retired.

She started making quilts, a relaxing hobby that she and her husband could both share, and those quilts were given to the Veterans Administration hospitals and nursing homes. Linda made quilts so well and so fast, she realized the organizations couldn’t take all the quilts she was making.

When Linda was younger and her children were small, she knew firsthand the difference The Salvation Army made in the lives of those in need. When her family faced a financial crisis and Christmas was out of the question, she turned to The Salvation Army, which provided her family with more than she thought possible.

Now, in a position to help others who are in need, she told her husband that she would start giving the quilts to The Salvation Army, and for the past two years, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has received more than 700 quilts from Ms. Day for the Christmas Angel Tree.

Ms. Day was one of hundreds of Salvation Army volunteers who gave so much of their talents and skills to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command in 2011. She also received special recognition this morning at the Annual National Salvation Army Week Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Although all our volunteers received certificates and thanks, a handful received special recognition for their outstanding contributions.

Boys & Girls Club:   Shana Perry  Principal Del Crest Middle School

 

Mrs. Perry has been an Advisory Council Member for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oklahoma for about 1 year. Her leadership in helping the Club host the Harlem Ambassador’s Charity Basketball Game enabled the Club to raise nearly $7,000.  She was instrumental in securing a venue for the event and handled most of the logistics for the night. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make things happen and the event was a success.

Her participation on the Advisory Council has been helpful to the Club staff. Whenever guidance and advice is needed, she is there. If it’s mentoring the kids that come to the Club, she is readily available. Mrs. Perry has a keen understanding of the environment that the Club kids come from and she understands what it takes for them to succeed.  She was recently awarded Middle School Principal of the Year and The Boys and Girls Club is proud to honor her as our 2011 Club Volunteer of the Year. 

Christmas Kettles  Rotary Club 29

The Rotary Club 29 began their support of the Christmas Kettle drive in 1943 under the leadership of Rex Hayes.  They started out as a small, but a powerful group of men and have grown to over 582 strong.  With the growth of the club also came growth of their support.  They now cover 14 kettle locations for an entire day during The Christmas Kettle season.  Rotary Club 29 has raised over $260,000 throughout the years.

Seniors Programs:

Citadel Senior Center’s Wanda McPherren teaches Bible study every Tuesday.  She is dedicated to God and to teaching his word to the people that attend her class.  She is faithful in her service and allows nothing to cause conflict with this commitment she has made.  Our members look forward to her class every week.

 

Reding Center’s Eva Zamora is a wonderful volunteer.  She is still active at 85 years young.  She speaks limited English but doesn’t allow this to be a barrier in her serving.  She faithfully wraps eating utensils, serves lunch and takes care of delivering meals to our homebound.  The Reding Center is a better place for our members with having someone like Eva.

 

Warr Acres Senior Center’s  Oma Bennett Nolan is a dedicated volunteer and always full of fire and life.  She is to do anything that needs to be done and always exceeds what is expected. Ms. Oma has a perpetual smile of joy, and her energy keeps the senior center hopping.

 

Shelter Programs:  Rebecca Marfurt

Rebecca’s first experience with The Salvation Army was at the annual bike assembly in 2009 when she helped assemble hundreds of bicycles for Angel Tree children.  At the time, she had been going through a difficult time of life, and she decided that volunteering would lift her spirits and bring her happiness.  After helping assemble bikes, Rebecca decided to look into ongoing opportunities for helping at The Salvation Army.  When she saw the garden area for the Family Shelter, it peaked her interest.

Rebecca has a love for gardening and creating a beautifl space at the shelter was an opportunity for her to share that joy with others.  It became her personal goal to make the entry to the Family Shelter inviting to whomever walked through the front gates.  She gardens during her lunch break and she takes pride in the beauty that is shared daily with all who enter.  “Volunteering for The Salvation Army has been far more rewarding than I could ever imagine,”  said Ms. Marfurt.

 

Social ServicesShannon Ballesteros

Since March 2011, one group of volunteers have provided thousands of hours and personal funding during 2011 by taking a “personal ownership” of the Social Services Department of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s “Food Pantry.”

Although this is a family effort, Shannon Ballesteros took the lead, guiding her family in an effort to make the food pantry more efficient and organized. This family of volunteers began with that one vision and has since gone beyond what most volunteer groups can accomplish.

This group, compiled of seven volunters, has cleaned, sorted, built shelving, racks and carts, procured equipment,  totally re-organized the pantry,  trained others to be productive volunteers and solicited assistance from both area companies and individuals.

Ms. Ballesteros even used personal funds to purchase needed items that would have otherwise not been available. She can also be seen sorting and organizing the thousands of coats that are donated in the “Warmth 4 Winter” program.

Do yearn to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate? Do you have talents and time you wish to share with others.

Volunteer today with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. Call our volunteer coordinator at 405-246-1101.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 14-20 is  National Salvation Army Week, and we in Central Oklahoma celebrate the  important work that our volunteers contribute each and every day.

In the spirit of “Doing the Most Good,” The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma asks, “How do you do the most good?”

Share your story about how you help your community. We want to hear from supporters, volunteers,  employees, and fans and followers on social media about how you volunteer and help  your communities. You can send a photo or make a video or share your story on how YOU do the most good.

If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference, now is your chance. We’ve got a few ideas on how to get started, including:

* When you buy in bulk, share your surplus by dropping off any non-perishable food item to your local Salvation Army.

* Bring flowers to work and share them with your coworkers.

* Volunteer to be a tutor in a Salvation Army after-school program.

* Join The Salvation Army in their visits to sing to seniors and residents of nursing homes.

* Offer a couple of hours of baby-sitting service to friends and family.

* Have a Salvation Army Doing the Most Good Day at work, with employees bringing nonperishable food and toys to donate to the charity.

* Pay a compliment to someone at least once a day.

* Call or visit a housebound person or older relative.

* Volunteer at your local Salvation Army Center.

* Give the gift of your smile to everyone you meet.

* Do the WRITE thing by sending a few kind words and a cookie or two to our soldiers overseas, especially on May 19, 2012, which is Armed Forces Day.

* Tell your husband/wife or children why you love them.

* Give your stuff a second life by donating old clothes to The Salvation Army Family and Thrift Stores.

* Tell your coworkers that you think they’re doing a good job.

* Give new toys or books to children at a Salvation Army shelter.

* For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that comes in your heart. Notice what happens.

* Say thank you.

* While in a restaurant, pay for the meals at another table. Instruct the waitress to give you that table’s check, quietly without notice.

* Cut someone’s grass or weed or plant flowers in someone’s garden.

* Drop off a bag of groceries on someone’s doorstep.

* Go to a nursing home and bring an anonymous bouquet of flowers. Visit the Warr Acres Senior Center at noon this Wednesday and join the residents for an ice-cream social.

* Put quarters in expired or about-to-be-expired parking meters.

Take pictures of “Doing the Most Good” this week and post them to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Salvation-Army-Oklahoma-City/111677641619 or on twitter at @salvationarmyok.

Happy NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK!

To donate, call 1-800-Sal-Army or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org

Mondays are hard enough as it is, so why not swing by The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s mobile canteen Monday morning for free coffee, donuts and a little bit of Salvation Army history.

May 14 to 20 is National Salvation Army Week, and in Central Oklahoma, you can join in with fun events and learn all about how you too can be a part of helping more than 130,000 neediest citizens in Central Oklahoma.

National Salvation Army Week gives us the opportunity to share with you our mission in Oklahoma and around the world. It’s also our way to say thanks to all the volunteers, donors and supporters who help The Salvation Army feed, shelter and provide a hopeful future to those in the most need.

HERE’S OUR EVENTS FOR NEXT WEEK! You are invited to come one, come all!

Monday, May 14:

* FREE COFFEE & DONUTS from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation lot located at NW 10th and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City. Drive up and we’ll give you a sweet treat and a cup o’ joe to get your week started right. See what our Emergency Disaster Canteen looks like and say hi!

* Norman Corps Parent and Youth Banquet at 318 E. Hayes to highlight the youth activities and summer camp in Norman. Events start at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16:

d* ICE CREAM SOCIAL and OPEN HOUSE at The Salvation Army Warr Acres Senior Center. Did you know that The Salvation Army has FIVE senior centers in Oklahoma City? During lunch on Wednesday, you can pop by for a tour and ice cream social at The Warr Acres Senior Center, located at 4301 N. Ann Arbor.

Thursday, May 17:

* Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – at 8 a.m. Thursday at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, 2808 SE 44th. Join us for a fully-catered breakfast and a celebration of The Salvation Army volunteers. Do you know someone who has volunteered for us in the past year? Invite them! Honors, awards and thanks go to everyone!

* Norman Corps Women and Men’s Ministry cook out! Come by for some grilled goodies and learn more about how you can be a part of the ministry at 318 E. Hayes.

EVERY DAY:

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will be open to YOU every day for tours of our facility. If you’ve ever been curious about our services, our volunteer opportunities or how we accomplish the mission of “Doing the Most Good,” please call Heide at 405-246-1100 to have a tour!

oAlso, we are honored to receive a Governor’s Proclamation declaring May 14-20, 2012 as Salvation Army Week in Oklahoma.

So, how do you “Do the Most Good” within your local community or around the world? We’d like to hear from our supporters, including volunteers, employees, and fans and followers on social media, how you volunteer and help your communities.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, No Boundaries and JohnTV brought hope to an area of Oklahoma City known as “the Blaze” by local women and girls that are trafficked for prostitution.

Gangs, drugs and pimps have brought a cloud of fear and discouragement to this community on South Robinson, and The Salvation Army is reaching out to the citizens of that area, as well as those being prostituted, to offer hope, support, friendship and aid.

The Block Party, held April 28, brought over 300 neighbors to Draper Park and featured face painting, games, music and fun for adults, kids, families and the whole community. Participants said this was their first block party ever to be held in this neighborhood, and organizations brought information about domestic violence, human trafficking and more.

“We are a friend to the community,” said Major Francina Proctor of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “We want everyone to know they can turn to us for friendship and help should they need to.”

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The State of Oklahoma took an important stance against human trafficking in April when Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed National Crime Victims Week.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command works closely with OATH (Oklahomans Against the Trafficking of Humans) and No Boundaries, another non-profit that fights human trafficking, to reach out to those victimized and to stop this form of modern-day slavery.

Just recently, The Salvation Army and No Boundaries and JohnTV brought hope to an area of Oklahoma City known as “the Blaze” by local women and girls that are trafficked for prostitution. Gangs, drugs and pimps have brought a cloud of fear and discouragement to this community on South Robinson… but a new day is dawning!

The Block Party featured face painting, games, music and fun for adults, kids, families and the whole community. Participants said this was their first block party ever to be held in this neighborhood, and organizations brought information about domestic violence, human trafficking and more.

Nearly 300 people attended the Block Party.

PICTURES COMING SOON!!!!

Meanwhile, here’s the proclamation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin:

“State of Oklahoma stands committed to protecting human rights and individual freedom by eliminating human trafficking, supporting OATH and encouraging more awareness and prevention measures throughout the state so that victims can be identified, criminals can be brought to justice and violence against women and children in the trafficking of humans will end.

 Whereas, Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.) responds to the violence against women and children done to them by human trafficking and continue their statewide initiative to bring together Oklahomans, to expose and end human trafficking

 Whereas, to successfully combat human trafficking the people of Oklahoma must be informed about the problem in its local context, and must work to protect victims of human trafficking with effective services and support, prosecute traffickers through consistent enforcement, prevent human rights abused by furthering public awareness, and addressing the root cause of modern slavery.”