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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Target Shopping Spree

July 27, 2012

9 to 11am

 For the third year Target and The Salvation Army are partnering together for a back to school shopping spree.  Target is providing 68 children in our service area the opportunity to receive an $80.00 gift card for back to school clothes and supplies. 

Thus meaning we supply the children in need and the volunteers to assist them in shopping.

 Following is the list of our minimum volunteer needs:

6 volunteers:  Target 1200 E 2nd Street, Edmond, 73034

12 volunteers:  Target 800 SW 44th Street, OKC, 73109

12 volunteers:  Target 5400 N May, OKC, 73112

12 volunteers:  Target 1400 24th Ave NW, Norman, 73069

 We will need you to plan on dedicating at least 4 hours for this project with your travel time.  The only way we can participate is by having enough volunteers to support this worthy event.

 If this is the first year for you to take part in this event there is an orientation that you need to attend.  Please choose one of the following sessions to attend.

Tuesday, July 10th 9 to 11

Thursday, July 12h 9 to 11

PLEASE RSVP by Friday, June 29th.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please be in touch with Lois Green at 246-1101 or 323-8846. 

 

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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has teamed up with Comfort Guard Air Conditioning and Heating, The KEY car dealerships and Renda Broadcasting to offer the Ultimate Fan promotion!
Donate a new boxed fan for The Salvation Army at any of The Key Locations – I-240 between Walker and Santa Fe, Midwest Blvd. and 15th St. in Midwest City and at Northwest Expressway and NW 63rd – and you’ll be entered to win the Ultimate Fan gift package.
Fans can also be donated at The Salvation Army, 311 SW Fifth St., or at Renda Broadcasting’s office at I-235 and Britton Rd.
Help The Salvation Army prevent heat-related deaths in Oklahoma and win cool prizes like concert tickets and swag from Renda’s stations of KRXO, KOKC, Magic 104.1 and KOMA.
In addition, you’ll also be eligible to win a $6,000 Comfort Maker air conditioning and heating system from Comfort Guard Air Conditioning and Heating.
The Salvation Army provides box fans to senior citizens, those with chronic illnesses like heart conditions or emphysema and families with infants under 6 months old. If you received a fan last year, you are not eligible for a fan this year.
DONATE A FAN AT THE THREE “THE KEY” LOCATIONS TODAY AND WIN!!!!

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The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command received 200 box fans from OG&E and another 100 fans from Ace Hardware Wednesday to help seniors, the chronically ill and families with infants stay cool during the summer.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command hopes to prevent the heat-related deaths that Oklahoma experienced in past years. Many elderly citizens die during the summer months due to heat-related illnesses.

The Salvation Army provides box fans to:

*senior citizens age 62 and older

* families with infants under 6 months of age

* the disabled with chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, emphysema and people taking psychotropic and other medications.

Clients in need should call 405-246-1060 to see if they qualify for a free fan.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVED FANS LAST YEAR ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FANS THIS YEAR.

“Heat poses a very real danger to our elderly clients and those with medical issues,” said Ashley Jones, director of Social Services for the Central Oklahoma Area Command. “These box fans literally can mean the difference between staying cool and dying from the heat.”

“We are especially grateful to OG&E and ACE Hardware for their loyal and generous donations of fans. Without their help, we would be hard-pressed to be able to supply as many fans as we do for those in need,” Jones added.

Last summer, The Salvation Army provided more than 500 fans in Central Oklahoma.

Applicants are required to bring the following documentation to the appointment:

1)        Picture ID – (Driver’s License, State Issued ID, Governmental/Military ID, or Passport or ID from Country of Origin) for ALL adult household members

2)        Social Security Cards, legal documents bearing Social Security numbers or equivalent documentation from Country of Origin for ALL household members.

3)        Proof of Residency – current gas, electric, water or lease agreement/mortgage payment.

4)        Applicants must reside in Oklahoma County.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command also provides a cooling station at the Red Shield Kitchen, 330 SW 4th, at the Norman Corps at 318 E. Hayes in Norman and at the Canadian County Service Center at 201 S. Bickford in El Reno when temperatures reach more than 100 degrees.

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OG&E officials help offload box fans to The Salvation Army.

As temperatures promise to heat up Oklahoma City, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will hand out box fans to qualified citizens who need relief from the heat.

OG&E will donate 200 box fans at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Social Services office, 501 S. Harvey, to help with the fan giveaway.

ACE Hardware is also donating 100 box fans to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.

By providing cooling box fans, the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command hopes to prevent the heat-related deaths that Oklahoma experienced in past years. Many of our frailest citizens die due to extreme heat.

The Salvation Army provides box fans to needy and qualified senior citizens age 62 and older, families with infants under 6 months of age and the disabled with chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, emphysema and people taking psychotropic and other medications.

Fans will be distributed between 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday – Thursday. The Social Service Office is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays for clients that receive disability benefits and/or seniors 62 years of age and older.

CLIENTS WHO RECEIVED FANS LAST YEAR ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FANS THIS YEAR.

“Heat poses a very real danger to our elderly clients and those with medical issues,” said Ashley Jones, director of Social Services for the Central Oklahoma Area Command. “These box fans literally can mean the difference between staying cool and dying from the heat.”

“We are especially grateful to OG&E  and ACE Hardware for their loyal and generous donations of fans. Without their help every year, we would be hard-pressed to be able to supply as many fans as we do for those in need,” Jones added.

Applicants are required to bring the following documentation to the appointment:

1)        Picture ID – (Driver’s License, State Issued ID, Governmental/Military ID, or Passport or ID from Country of Origin) for ALL adult household members

2)        Social Security Cards, legal documents bearing Social Security numbers or equivalent documentation from Country of Origin for ALL household members.

3)        Proof of Residency – current gas, electric, water or lease agreement/mortgage payment.

4)        Applicants must reside in Oklahoma County.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command also provides a cooling station at the Red Shield Kitchen, 330 SW 4th, at the Norman Corps at 318 E. Hayes in Norman and at the Canadian County Service Center at 201 S. Bickford in El Reno when temperatures reach more than 100 degrees.

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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.

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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 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.”

 

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will visit Oklahoma City TONIGHT for a game at 7 p.m. at Del CityHigh School’s John Smith Fieldhouse,1900 S. Sunnylane Rd. in Del City, and tickets will be available at the door! 

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club will host the event to help raise funds for the education, sports, recreation, character development and arts programs at the club.  

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

Former Dallas Cowboys and University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer is the celebrity coach for The Oklahoma City Lightning, which will “compete” against the Harlem Ambassadors. Basketball enthusiasts, local celebrities and media personalities, businesses and organizations will represent Oklahoma City in this fun, family-friendly charity basketball event!

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team deployed the Enid Salvation Army mobile feeding unit early Sunday morning to respond to a deadly tornado in Woodward, Oklahoma.

Captain John Dancer, Commanding Officer for Enid, reports his team were en route early Sunday morning. Even before the line of storms approached his community, he was responding in the early hours of the morning to a request for assistance.

A first response team is also headed towards Woodward to help assess the situation and determine if additional teams and/or services are needed. The first priority for the short-term aftermath of the storm will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. 

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.)  Designate “Oklahoma storms” when making your donation.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.  Interested parties may also visit http://www.salvationarmyaok.org, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and follow us on Twitter @SalArmyAOK. 

Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available.