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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

 

A distinguished panel of judges has selected a Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club member to be a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2012 ImageMakers National Photography Contest.

Najahahn Jenkins’ photos Ghost” & “See Through in the Alternative and Digital categories respectively were selected along with 18 other photographs as a winner of the ImageMakers National Photography Contest from thousands submitted by aspiring young artists in Clubs and Youth Centers across the nation.

Josh Huling heads up the ImageMakers Program at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Central Oklahoma.

“I am thrilled that Najahahn’s creativity and dedication are being recognized on a national level,” said Megan Brown-Ellis, unit director for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “I am equally proud of Josh Huling and his now multi-award winning photography program.”

The ImageMakers National Photography Contest winners will be displayed at various Boys & Girls Clubs of America conferences and will be viewed by hundreds of conference delegates throughout the year.

”We aren’t surprised at the level of talent our kids have at the Club,” said Richard White, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. “Najahahn is one of the shining stars of Josh Huling’s photography program at the Club. We are very proud of his accomplishments and that he will represent The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on a national basis.”

A plaque and letter from Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America will be presented to Jenkins.  In addition, the image will be placed on bgca.org in the virtual gallery for viewing in the future.

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We’re flipping out! The annual Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command Home Energy Aid Pancake Breakfast at the Mason Myrtle Lodge was a HUGE SUCCESS! We had hundreds arrive for those fluffy flapjacks and sausage that the Mason’s cooked, and ONG, OG&E and PSO volunteers also helped out.

 

Here’s a fun little slideshow from the event. Thanks to YOU, more families will receive much-needed and desperate aid to help with utility costs.

 

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The Masons of Oklahoma City help serve pancakes during The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s annual all-u-can-eat pancake breakfast for Home Energy Aid Week.

 

In conjunction with The Salvation Army’s Home Energy Aid Week – Oklahomans Helping Others with Utilities, an all-you-can eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be held Friday, July 13, at the Mason’s Myrtle Lodge #145, located at 125 SE 89th Street.

The event, co-sponsored by The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, the Oklahoma Masons, OG&E, ONG and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), is part of a week-long effort to raise funds for energy assistance programs, such as OG&E’s Lend-A-Hand, ONG’s Share the Warmth and PSO’s Light-A-Life.

The breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are $5 per person for the all-you-can-eat breakfast and may be purchased in advance at The Salvation Army Area Command, 311   SW 5th Street or by calling 246-1100. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Utility bills are an on-going challenge for seniors, persons with disabilities and families on low and fixed incomes. To help assist those in need, utility customers are encouraged to support energy assistance programs year round. The Salvation Army receives between 200 to 300 requests for assistance with utility bills weekly and the number increases as temperatures swing between extreme highs and lows.

Funds raised at the event stay in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area.

This is the 19th year of what is now an annual event. Last year, more than $50,000 was raised during the Home Energy Aid Week events statewide.

Donations may also be sent to The Salvation Army,P.O. Box 2095,Oklahoma City,OK73101. For more information, call The Salvation Army at 246-1100.

Since the early start of the 2012 Wildfire season, roughly 600 homes have been lost just in Colorado. Salvation Army canteens are on site and serving first responders and evacuees at the following sites in response to the Waldo Canyon Fire:

-YMCA Southeast Family Center, 2190 Jetwing Drive, Colorado Springs, CO – meal services for shelter guests

-Cheyenne Mountain High School shelter,  1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs, CO – meal services for shelter guests

-Firehouse 9, near Garden of the Gods – meal services Thursday night at 6PM for 1,000 firefighters and a late dinner at 12AM for 200 firefighters

A disaster services canteen – a mobile kitchen, about the size of a parcel delivery truck – is supporting first responders and evacuees of the High Park Fire through meals, snacks, and cold beverages. The canteens are currently being manned by volunteers from across Colorado, including Grand Junction, Wyoming, and Montana. The Salvation Army’s units are providing for survivors’ immediate needs, such as food, water, and comfort.

Additional support teams will be arriving from Salvation Army commands across the Western United States within the next few days. The Salvation Army is prepared to provide support for as long as we are needed.

If members of the community would like to volunteer to help with Waldo Canyon Fire relief efforts, they must register online at www.tsacs.org/registertoring.

An appeal is being made for financial assistance to fund the relief work across Colorado.  Those who wish to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response may do so by sending a check earmarked “Disaster Relief” or “Wild Fires” to their local Salvation Army office, by donating online at http://www.imsalvationarmy.org, or by making a credit card donation at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Gifts in-kind for relief of this disaster are being collected by Care and Share. Please call (719) 528 – 1247 for more information.  Although The Salvation Army is not requesting in-kind goods donations at this time, gifts of gently-used household goods, clothing, etc., are always needed by Salvation Army Family Stores to support their work in the local community. Find out more at www.satruck.com.

 

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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command Boys & Girls Club will host the 2nd Annual Football Camp, hosted by S.W.I.F.T (Students with Integrity, Fundamentals and Tenacity.)

The camp will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 9 – 12 at the Boys & Girls Club, 2808 S.E. 44th for ages 9 to 18. The camp is free to all children in the metropolitan area, but spots are limited to 150.

Registration for the free football camp begins Monday, June 25. To register, call Myron Mosely at 405-677-4781, Ext. 106.

S.W.I.F.T celebrity coaches for the football camp include former University of Oklahoma cornerback Mike Woods, former OU wide receiver Quentin Chaney, former OU linebacker Rufus Alexander, former University of Tulsa running back Tarrion Adams and former TU fullback Cody Madison.

In addition to running drills and working on football fundamentals during the week, the youth in the camp will also hear from special celebrity speakers about such topics as integrity, tenacity and learning the fundamentals.

“This camp is a fun week for youth interested in football, but it offers so much more,” said Coach Mosely. “Yes, they will run drills and learn technique, but S.W.I.F.T will also show them the importance of character in sports.”

S.W.I.F.T aims to impact metro youth with positive activities, like sports camps.

Again, registration is limited to 150 children. Registration for the camp begins Monday. Call Myron Mosely at 405-677-4781, ext. 106.

For more information about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, contact Megan Brown-Ellis at 405-677-4781.

For the neediest children in Oklahoma County, the simple joys of a childhood summer may seem unattainable. These at-risk kids will spend their summer wandering the streets or hanging out with other idle kids… a recipe for trouble.

But The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command helps struggling local families avoid such an outcome for their children as The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Boys & Girls Club summer day camp is in full swing.

The summer day camp, held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Boys and Girls Club, 2808 SE 44th, runs through July 27. Already, more than 100 youth attend the club every day for activities like sports, outdoor recreation, computer lab, arts and crafts, reading, games and sports league practice.

Once a week, the youth also go to Eagle Harbor swimming pool and the Oklahoma City Boathouse, where they play on the playground and skate while the teens explore kayaking and canoeing.

“We are excited because we had full enrollment by May of this year for our summer camp,” said Megan Brown-Ellis, director of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club. “We have more than 80 children ages 6 to 11 years old as well as two teen programs, Club Teen and Junior Staff.”

Several other special events are slated for the June summer camp. These include:

  • June 6 – Tobacco Prevention      Program from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department in the morning
  • June 8 – Health Fair with      Oklahoma City Health and Wellness in the afternoon
  • June 11 – 15: Vacation      Bible School through Child Evangelism Fellowship
  • June 19 – New View      Blindness Awareness designed to show children what it’s like to be blind      and how to assist blind Americans through hands-on activities.
  • June 20 – 22: OKC Barons      Hockey camp all day at the Club
  • June 26 – 27: Girl Scouts      from 10 to 11 a.m.

“Many of our children at camp are at-risk and qualify for free and reduced lunches. We have a much higher percentage of foster kids and single parent children attending our camp,” said Brown-Ellis. “Most of our parents are working parents, so The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club serves as a safe, educational and fun place for their children during the summer.”

In July, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will also offer a week-long residential camp at Camp Heart O’Hills in Tahlequah, a traditional outdoors summer camp. The camp is free to all enrolled.

Thanks to a partnership with The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, all camp attendees are provided breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack at the day camp.

For more information about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, contact Megan Brown-Ellis at 405-677-4781.

 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.