Archive for the ‘Women’s Auxiliary’ Category

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 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 24th Annual Celebration of Hope “Dignity Within Reach” luncheon was a lovely, graceful and successful event this year.

Held Sept. 20, the luncheon is the major fundraising event for The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. The event featured a massive silent auction, a live auction, distinguished guests, a fashion show and more.

The Honorary Chair and First Gentleman of the State of Oklahoma Wade Christensen shared humorous stories of what it is like to be married to Gov. Mary Fallin, who made a surprise appearance to hear her husband speak. News 9 anchor Ed Murray officiated the event.

Past honorees were also present, including Ann Felton, Brenda McDaniel, Donna Nigh, Jane Jayroe, Jeanie Webb, Jessica Schambach, Joy Richardson, LaDonna Meinders, Linda Cavanaugh, Linda Haneborg and Anita Bryant.

 Entertainment was provided by Jane Hall and Charlotte Franklin, Senior Follies stars, and Greg White, director of musical theater at the University of Central Oklahoma, brought music students who provided Broadway-style entertainment.

Every year, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary supports and raises money for the numerous programs of The Salvation Army. They not only plan events but also volunteer during times of need, like disaster response, Christmas and all throughout the year.

Donations to The Celebration of Hope can be sent to P.O. Box 2095, Oklahoma City, OK  73101, Attn. Celebration of Hope.

 

LUNCHEON FEATURES AUCTIONS, FASHION SHOW, CELEBRITIES

Tickets are still available for The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 24th Annual Celebration of Hope “Dignity Within Reach” luncheon on Sept. 20 at the Oak Tree Country Club,700 Country Club Drive in Edmond.

Tickets are $50 per person. The Silent Auction begins at 10:30 a.m. with the luncheon and program at 11:45 a.m. Honorary Chair is Wade Christenson, First Gentleman of the State of Oklahoma.

Ed Murray, local on-air personality, is the emcee of the event. Special escorts from The Thunder will escort models during a unique fashion show by Sherri Hill, international designer of celebrity and pageant gowns.

Senior Follies Stars Jane Hall and Charlotte Franklin will wow the crowd with their special performance from The Follies and a Broadway-style entertainment from the UCO music students will round out the entertainment.

The silent and live auction will feature get-aways to Hawaii, Florida, Branson and more. Auctioneer and board member Chip Keating will host the auction this year.

For more information or for tickets, contact Marilyn Lahr at 405-390-4056.

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“I PROMISE YOU NOTHING!”
When President Wilson declared war against Germany on April 7, 1917, Americans were psychologically unprepared to participate in the “war to end wars,”

Evangeline Booth(USA National Commander 1904-1934) summoned a Salvation Army National War Council and created a National War Board to meet the needs of American soldiers. She appointed national, territorial, and provincial war secretaries so that the entire Salvation Army was placed on a war-service basis.

The Army set up service centres, hostels, adjacent to United States military camps. But Evangeline wanted to do more than serve military in the United States. “American boys are going to France,” she said. “We must go with them.”

She sent Lt. -Colonel William S. Barker to France to find out how The Salvation Army could best serve the American troops. Barker found that American Expeditionary Forces, upon landing in France, did not go to the front at once.

Soldiers who had expected to be participating in great battles found themselves drilling in mud from morning to night. An epidemic of homesickness spread through the troops.

Barker cabled: “SEND OVER SOME LASSIES.” Evangeline determined to send only the very best. “I felt it was better to fall short in quantity than to run the risk of falling short in quality,” she stated. ” Quality is its own multiplication table. Quality without quantity will spread, whereas quantity without quality will shrink.”

The first group of 11 officers (a married couple, 4 single women and 5 single men) sailed on August 12, 1917. Evangeline charged them: “You are going overseas to serve Christ. You must forget yourselves, be examples of His love, willing to endure hardship, to lay down your lives, if need be, for His sake. In your hands you hold the honour of The Salvation Army and the glory of Jesus Christ…. Anyone failing will be shot! She concluded, “I promise you nothing. I don’t know what you will get into, it may be life, it may be death; it may be sickness, it may be loss – I promise you nothing!”

By October, 1917, ensigns Helen Purviance and Margaret Sheldon had been appointed to the First Division, at Montiers-sur-Saulx. After 36 days of steady rain, with a blanket of depression hanging over the whole area, they agreed that “we ought to be able to give them some real home cooking, “but supplies had run out and were difficult to buy locally. The only things they could purchase were flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk. “What about pancakes?” “No good cold, or without syrup.” “Doughnuts?”

the ‘Lassie’ who fried the first doughnut in France

The first doughnuts were patted out by hand. A small wood fire was coaxed in a low, pot-bellied stove. A frying pan was used and the first doughnuts were fried “seven at a time.” The tempting fragrance of frying doughnuts drew the homesick soldiers to the hut, and they lined up in the rain, waiting for a taste. The word went around. “If you’re hungry and broke, you can get something to eat at The Salvation Army.”

refreshments in the trenches

The doughboys noticed that Salvationists catered to their needs rather than hobnobbing with officers. As instructed by Evangeline, none went near an officers’ mess. They trudged through the sticky mud to the chow line to get in line with their “boys.”

The doughnut girls saw death frequently. During major engagements, they often worked in field hospitals. Soldiers who had died during the previous twenty-four hours were buried each afternoon. Sometimes only a few people could be present.

USA Doughnut Girls – Ansauville c.1918

The girls would always attend the burials, singing, praying and leaving wild flowers at the graves. Off to one side, the Germans were buried. When the simple services for American soldiers were over, the girls would say, “Now friends, let’s go and say a prayer beside our enemy’s graves.”

A happy mom receives presents for her children during The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Angel Tree Distribution.

Christmas is over.

The presents have been given from the Angel Tree program, senior centers received their gifts, emergency cases were filled and hundreds of turkeys and hams and toiletry boxes were handed out as well (from Feed the Children).

Making sure more than 2,000 families have a Merry Christmas is a huge undertaking. Hundreds and hundreds of volunteers man the Angel Tree at Penn Square Mall, help sort and intake gifts at The Christmas Distribution Center, make pick ups of other gifts from corporations, make sure every gift goes to the right child and helps to bring the gifts to families who arrive.

Thousands of hours of bellringing were conducted and more than $100,000 was raised through our volunteer and paid Bellringers. All that money goes to help feed and shelter and provide hope to your neighbors.

Although stressful and busy, I think this is the time of year when the world can see what The Salvation Army does every year, and also all year round.

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas and here’s to a blessed new year!

Thank you, everyone, for your support.

With the help of Rumble the Bison and The Oklahoma City Thunder, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command officially opened the 2010 Angel Tree this morning.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is once again asking citizens to adopt needy children and seniors through its Angel Tree Program.  This year the Angel Tree is located on the second floor at Penn Square Mall near The Buckle.

Adoption of these children and seniors helps to provide Christmas cheer and presents for 2,000 community families and seniors from the Salvation Army’s five senior centers and social services programs.

The Angel Tree program, which features paper angels listing a child or senior’s age, name and Christmas wishes, will provide presents for thousands of needy children and seniors who otherwise would not receive gifts.

We urge the citizens of Central Oklahoma County to support the Angel Tree program and be a part of providing a meaningful Christmas to as many as possible,” Major Francina Proctor said.

Citizens can choose Angels at the Penn Square Mall location. When the presents are returned from the mall and the businesses, hundreds of volunteers will work to “process” the gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center, located this year at the empty Walmart Building at Reno and Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City.

The unwrapped gifts will be sorted, put into individual family boxes and handed out December 15, 16 and 17 to the families who signed up. Parents are encouraged to wrap the gifts themselves after picking them up at the distribution center.

The senior citizen gifts are wrapped at the distribution center and delivered to the senior centers.

Volunteers are needed to receive, process and distribute the toys at The Salvation Army Toy Distribution Center, located at 7500 East Reno/Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City from December 6 to 17. Those interested in volunteering can call Volunteer Coordinator Lois Green at 246-1101.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is once again asking citizens to adopt needy children and seniors through its Angel Tree Program.  This year the Angel Tree will be located on the second floor at Penn Square Mall near The Buckle.

A community kick-off and ribbon cutting for the Angel Tree will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 inside Penn Square Mall by The Buckle on the second floor. The ribbon cutting will include The Oklahoma City Thunder Girls and Rumble the Bison, mascot for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as members of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Women’s Auxiliary.

Besides providing angels for the mall tree, The Salvation Army has also provided Corporate Angel Tree tags to businesses metro-wide. Adoption of these children and seniors helps to provide Christmas cheer and presents for 2,000 community families and seniors from the Salvation Army’s five senior centers and social services programs.

The Angel Tree program, which features paper angels listing a child or senior’s age, name and Christmas wishes, will provide presents for thousands of needy children and seniors who otherwise would not receive gifts.

“Families were interviewed in October and November to determine if they would qualify to be a part of this program,” said Major Francina Proctor, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.

“The need is so much greater this year. We urge the citizens of Central Oklahoma County to support the Angel Tree program and be a part of providing a meaningful Christmas to as many as possible,” she said.

Citizens can choose Angels at the Penn Square Mall location. When the presents are returned from the mall and the businesses, hundreds of volunteers will work to “process” the gifts at The Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Center, located this year at the empty Walmart Building at Reno and Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City.

The unwrapped gifts will be sorted, put into individual family boxes and handed out December 15, 16 and 17 to the families who signed up. Parents are encouraged to wrap the gifts themselves after picking them up at the distribution center.

The senior citizen gifts are wrapped at the distribution center and delivered to the senior centers.

Volunteers are needed to receive, process and distribute the toys at The Salvation Army Toy Distribution Center, located at 7500 East Reno/Midwest Blvd. in Midwest City from December 6 to 17. Those interested in volunteering can call Volunteer Coordinator Lois Green at 246-1101.

At 7:30 this morning, an Old Dominion freight truck pulled up to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s loading dock with a delivery that will bring joy to hundreds of needy children in the city.

The truck brought in 581 new bikes, purchased from the funds raised by the Women’s Auxiliary’s Buck$ 4 Bikes program. This is the fifth year of Buck$ 4 Bikes. 

“All these bikes will go to children in the Oklahoma City area through our Angel Tree program,” said D’Anna Pulliam, Women’s Auxiliary member and coordinator of Buck$ 4 Bikes. “Each year, the number one gift request we get from children is for bicycles. Our goal is to make sure that every child who asks for a bike gets one. It’s sometimes the only Christmas wish these children have.”

 Once again this year, Old Dominion Freight Lines has hauled the bikes for FREE from the bike manufacturer’s warehouse in Carson, Calif., to Oklahoma City. This is the 4th consecutive year that Old Dominion has provided free freight, which allows the  Women’s Auxiliary to spend every buck on the purchase of new bikes.

 Bikes are purchased unassembled directly from a national bicycle company. Buck$ 4 Bikes raised money throughout the year to be able to provide new bikes to Angel Tree children for Christmas 2010. 

 North OKC Rotary Club purchased 48 of these new bikes and will be at Area Command for the delivery Thursday morning.  The North OKC Rotary Club, along with East Oklahoma County Rotary Club, members of Oklahoma Bicycle Society, employees of Old Dominion Freight Lines, and professional bike mechanics from local bicycle shops, will assemble the bikes on Dec. 4.

 Buck$ 4 Bikes purchased 382 new bikes for Christmas 2009.

A special performance by Oklahoma-based violinist Kyle Dillingham will be the featured presentation at The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s Celebration of Hope event, set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond.

Kyle Dillingham is an Oklahoma City University graduate and has performed in over 25 countries representing Oklahoma and the United States. He has had two featured performances on the Grand Ole Opry (Nashville, TN), has been on national television in China, and frequently collaborates with musicians in Chicago and NYC.

Kyle was a featured performer at the Memorial Thank You concert at the Ford Center (downtown OKC) in 2005 along with such performers as Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Toby Keith and Joe Diffie to name a few. Kyle is frequently referred to as Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.

Check out his website here: http://www.kyle-web.com/home.html

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling Annette Basey at 752-8799.

 Celebration of Hope 2010 is the annual fundraiser for The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and will feature a silent auction, a full lunch and a special concert by Dillingham. Anita Bryant is the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The Silent Auction begins at 10 a.m. and all proceeds from Celebration of Hope go directly toward The Salvation Army’s Christmas programs and other Salvation Army programs throughout the year. Sponsors are also being accepted.

Lots of beautiful, valuable items are offered at The Celebration of Hope's silent auction.

Celebration of Hope, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Women’s Auxiliary’s annual fall fundraiser, is set for Sept. 14 at Oak Tree Country Club.

This is a fun, annual event that the Women’s Auxiliary puts on to help raise money to provide special programs to The Salvation Army’s Social Services, Boys & Girls Club, shelters and more!

Come on out for a silent auction, a fashion show featuring styles from Dillard’s and Koslow’s Furs, a stunning lunch and entertainment by Kyle Dillingham.

The Women’s Auxiliary supports The Salvation Army by volunteering, holding special events and providing service and fundraising. Want to join? Call Major Francina Proctor at 246-1100.

Tickets to Celebration of Hope are $50 and RSVP can be made by calling Annette Basey at  752-8799.

What a great way to enjoy lunch and help others!!!!