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In Oklahoma, it’s not uncommon to have days when the mercury hits above 100 degrees. For many people living without air conditioning or on the streets, these blistering hot days can be dangerous.

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Kitchen is a cooling center on days when the heat index is over 100 degrees. Located at 330 SW 4th St., the Cooling Station opens at 11 a.m. and closes around 4 p.m. to get ready for dinner that night.

Those at the Cooling Center can enjoy air conditioning and cold water. It’s a way to escape the heat.

So, here’s a few facts about Cooling Centers, courtesy of our Social Services Director, Ashley Jones:

A Cooling Center is a facility, such as a senior center or community center, business, church, library, social service agency, etc. where people may go to enjoy air-conditioned comfort during a heat emergency.

Most target low-income and/or senior populations; however, they are open to anyone in the community seeking shelter from extreme heat. We strongly encourage people with medical conditions that make them unusually sensitive to extreme temperatures to take advantage of the center closest to them.

There are scores of cooling centers throughout the City, please review attachment for locations, days of operation and hours of availability.

During the summer months, Oklahomans are especially vulnerable to heat-related hazards. Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, people with cardiovascular disease, and people taking psychotropic and other medications. According to the Centers for Disease Control, social isolation and the inability to care for oneself puts a person at greater risk for heat-related illness.

 A heat wave’s duration plays an important role in how people are affected. Studies show that a significant rise in heat-related illnesses occurs when excessive heat lasts for more than two days. Spending even two hours per day in air-conditioned spaces can significantly reduce the number of heat-related illnesses.

 Lastly, those who visit a Cooling Center on a regular basis have seen a reduction in their energy bill. They raise their air conditioner thermostat before leaving, keep blinds and drapes closed, do not use ovens, clothes dryers or dishwashers during peak hours 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily and turn off and unplug any unnecessary electric equipment.

 So, if you know of anyone needing a Cooling Center, please tell them they are welcome at The Salvation Army, where we are “Doing the Most Good.”

The Boys & Girls Club athletes practice for an upcomingtournament

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Boys & Girls Club is gearing up for a series of events to kick off spring, and the community is invited!

Both a city-wide basketball tournament and a Spring Break camp are among the activities at The Boys & Girls Club, located at SW 44th and Bryant.

The First Annual Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Basketball Tournament will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the club.

Teams will be split into bracket positions with six teams in each age bracket, which include boys 10 and under, boys 12 and under and girls 12 and under.

First place winners will receive trophies and second, third and fourth place teams will receive medals. Concessions will be open both days.

Entry fee for the tournament is $2 per visitors with seniors and children under 10 allowed in for free.

For more information, contact Myron Mosley at 405-677-4781 or 405-760-9128.

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Spring Break Camp will be held for full days March 14 to 18 at the Boys & Girls Club. Enroll now for full days of gym activity, recreation, art classes, games and more. 

The full day spring break camp is geared specifically for families whose parents or guardians have to work during spring break and offers a safe, educational and fun environment for all children.

Call Daniel Taron at 677-4781 for more information.

Welcome from Captains Trish and Michael Knott

Many people do not realize that The Salvation Army is at its heart a worship organization.

The Salvation Army founder William Booth had a heart for those who were not welcome in the “church” during the 1800s in Europe. So he took Church to them.

Booth started by sharing the Word of God on the street corner in London, in a tent ministering to those who were not considered polite society. Then, he realized that in order to feed the souls of the hungry and despairing street denizens of London, he had to also feed their immediate needs.

They were hungry, lost and without shelter. It was hard to preach the beautiful Word of God to those who were struggling just to find a loaf of bread every day.

Thus, how The Salvation Army started its mission of providing for those in need with food, shelter, clothing and compassion.

But, still, at our heart, we are a church dedicated to living out the Gospel every day. We believe in accepting everyone into our church – you don’t have to dress a certain way or have a certain standing in society, we accept everyone from all walks of life.

Brokenness is not something to be ashamed of in The Salvation Army. Much like a broken violin, we still have the ability to be utilized to create beauty.

You don’t have to wear a mask in The Salvation Army… bring your unique self and your broken self and lay your heart at the foot of the cross and allow Christ to restore and reveal the hope and amazing potention in your soul.

We’d love to have you visit and worship with us this Sunday (and every Sunday). Our services are

* 9:45 a.m. Sunday School Preliminaries

* 10 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)

* 11 a.m. Holiness meeting (our worship service)

* 1 p.m. Youth drama practice

* 2:30 p.m. Corp Cadets meeting (teen Bible study)

We are located at 2808 SE 44th at the corner of SE 44th and Bryant. We will see and welcome you to the foot of The Cross this Sunday.

Of course, you’re more than welcome to visit us or call anytime for more information. Ask for Captain Trish!