Archive for January, 2013

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 23, 2013) The Salvation Army’s 2012 Red Kettle Campaign raised $651,717 that will be used to aid the poor in the Central Oklahoma, officials announced today.

Canadian County

Cleveland County

Oklahoma
County

Total

2010 Actual

$26,115.00

$96,601.00

$442,648.00

$565,364.00

2011 Goal

$28,727.00

$106,261.00

$464,780.00

$599,768.00

2011 Actual

$30,772.15

$155,195.07

$459,881.00

$645,848.22

2012 Goal

$32,000.00

$110,000.00

$410,780.00

$552,780.00

2012 Actual

$52,266.49

$164,967.51

$434,483.00

$651,717.00

The amount exceeded the goal of $552,780, and surpassed the $645,848.22 amount the organization collected in 2011.

2011 2012
Volunteers 2,432 6400
Volunteer Hours 9,915 17,477

“We’re very grateful,” Major Dan Proctor, Central Oklahoma Area Commander said. “The increases in Canadian and Cleveland counties played a large role in the success of this year’s campaign. None of this would have been possible without the community’s support.”

Oklahomans not only gave of their resources in abundance this year, they also gave of their time in record amounts. We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012. An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers. Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours. The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477. The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.

In another record, The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals. Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with food, Angel Tree Program toys, and clothing during Christmas, Salvation Army officials said. Some of the funds will also be used to stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.

“This year Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Major Francina Proctor, Associate Area Commander. “We have received an abundance of ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity. We are extending these words of thanksgiving from the single family homes, grandparents raising grandchildren, senior citizens, and even from a prisoner who wrote: Christmas can be a sad time for many as it highlights separation from loved ones. The love of Christ reflected through ministries such as yours helps to ease this pain, thank you and God bless you . Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas. Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”

A total of 84 Red Kettle stations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though Dec. 24. Those locations included Homeland, Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Bass Pro Shops and more.

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma provides services in three counties, including Oklahoma County, Cleveland County and Canadian County.

“The Salvation Army in Central Oklahoma is helping those in need, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said Major Dan Proctor. “There are more demands than we can meet, but with the community’s continued support year round, we are able to provide relief from suffering and set a course for transformed lives.”

Highlights from this Christmas season are listed below:

- The organization’s Angel Tree program served more than 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals through the Christmas season.

- OKC Thunder’s Rumble the Bison served as this year’s honorary Christmas chair.

- Yukon Homeland hosted the Kettle kickoff.

- Quail Springs Mall hosted the Angel Tree kickoff, with the Thunder Girls, and Kevin Ogle.

2011 2012
Volunteers 2,432 6400
Volunteer Hours 9,915 17,477

- We had 6,400 volunteers in 2012. An increase of 3,968 people from 2011, in which we had 2,432 volunteers. Volunteer hours increased by 7,562 hours. The total number of volunteer hours in 2012 was 17,477. The total amount of hours in 2011 was 9,915.

- The Salvation Army was able to assist 2,032 households, and 11,405 individuals.

- Landmark Homes had a Thankmas party at one of their model homes. They collected food and toys to benefit children in our program.

- McFarlin United Methodist Church in Norman sponsored several families, and took over 100 angels to place on their Church Angel Tree.

- The owners of the Sooner Bowl, the Hawes family, and their friends gathered food, toys, and clothing for six of our largest and most needy families.

- The Vance family sponsored 100 angels, and purchased food and clothing for them.

- The Fill the Truck Event at WalMart helped gather over 100 toys to be used in the Angel Tree program.

- Warmth4Winter Program in partnership with KFOR, South OKC Rotary, Comm. Brian Maughan’s office and The Salvation Army has collected thousands of coats for Oklahomans this winter.

- 830 Bicycles were distributed to children in need (Buck$ 4 Bikes). 220 volunteer bike assemblers including volunteers from Kiwanis, NW OKC Rotary, Oklahoma Bike Society, Southern Nazarene University and Church volunteers. Two tractor trailers of bikes from Huffy. $4,200 freight donated by Total Transportation Resources to deliver the new bicycles from Huffy.

- Partnership with Food & Shelter Inc. to have a Christmas party for clients in the combined shelters, as well as the homeless clients. Food & Shelter provided the gifts, and we provided the food. Joan and Richard Day sponsored the Shelter Christmas party.

- Special thanks to the Reeves family and Bob Staples, for their help with the Cleveland County distribution center. In addition, Dr. Lackey who donated the space, and Judy Hatfield of Equity Real estate for coordinating it.

- Paycom ’s generous $32,000 employee and company match Christmas donation

- Northpark Mall Big Night Out benefit

- Mid-America Christian University/Tyler Media, Thunder Toy drive.

- Chesapeake Energy’s Winter on Western Warmth4Winter Coat Drive

- Senior Christmas lunch

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Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking
on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza

This January, Oklahomans Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 17, 2013) – In observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force invites all Oklahomans to attend a Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza.

Candlelight Vigil honoring Human Trafficking Victims Program (about 20 minutes)

Opening Prayer: Mrs. Cindy Lankford (Congressman James Lankford’s wife)

Song: “Amazing Grace”– Emily Elkins, LifeChurch.tv

Governor’s Proclamation: Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Featured Speaker: Wilma Lively, Day Spring Villa

Closing Prayer: Pastor Mark Crow, Victory Church

“According to experts, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. Free the Slaves conservatively estimates there are 27 million men, women, and children in slavery at any given time. Eighty percent of all victims are women, and HALF of them are children. The victims of human trafficking are trapped in a life of misery…often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or taken to grueling jobs and forced to work for little or no pay,” said Major Leisa Hall, Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma. “Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, second only to drugs as the largest criminal enterprise in the world. Shockingly, the average entry age for trafficked victims in the sex industry is 12-14 years old. Even here in America, our nation’s sons and daughters are being forced to work as sex slaves and we need your help to get the word out.”

“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery. As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.” – President Barack Obama, as stated in his Presidential Proclamation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/12/30/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent

“Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation for human trafficking. Geographically, Oklahoma is the crossroads of the nation; we have three major interstates that run right through the heart of our State. Traffickers are driving through our state every day,” said Suzi Hanson, OATH (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Coalition Volunteer. “Human Trafficking is an issue of vulnerability and Oklahoma is in the top for all the wrong things – teenage pregnancy, teenage homelessness, child abuse to name a few and we are in the bottom for the wrong things as well – 49th in education and according to the last census, we were 46th in per capita income. If you are a bad guy looking for vulnerable, broken, hurting, young girls, Oklahoma is the place to be.”

More Candlelight Vigil Details:

· Friday, January 25, 6 p.m., South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building

· Governor’s Proclamation

· Oklahoma City Mayor’s Office is illuminating the Skydance Bridge in the color blue in observance of the Vigil and Human Trafficking Awareness color.

· Battery-operated candles and blue pin-on ribbons will be available for participants.


Upcoming Human Trafficking Events

OATH (Oklahoman Against Trafficking Humans) Fundraising Luncheon

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Skirvin Hotel

Contact: Suzi Hanson at suzihanson420@gmail.com or 405-822-8230

 

Miss Oklahoma 2012 will be our emcee for the luncheon, and you will learn more about human trafficking and how it relates to Oklahoma. Additionally, a survivor of human trafficking, trafficked here in Oklahoma, will share her story. Projects to include, but not limited to, awareness campaigns, getting this information into schools educating our sons and daughters, and research into opening a home for girls who are rescued from sex trafficking under the age of 18.

Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking Online Discussion

January 22, 2013, 11 a.m.

Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.


Community Summit on Human Trafficking

Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.), Location: TBA

Contact: Major Leisa Hall at leisa_hall@uss.salvationarmy.org

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

www.salvationarmyusa.org.


About OATH

Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.), is a local non-profit, 501(c)3, that focuses on helping people understand human trafficking. Our mission is to expose this issue, identify possible victims, and help them get the services that they need for recovery. Many Americans are stunned to find that this is not only an international and national problem, but that it strikes at the very heart of our great state of Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma is one of the top states in our nation for recruiting and trafficking slaves for the sex industry. The United States is the number one destination for child sex trafficking. Our children are at risk and we at O.A.T.H. want you to know how to protect the ones you love!

*Statistics from Federal Agencies, FBI, OBN, OATH, Salvation Army and Polaris