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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

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It’s a beautiful week in Central Oklahoma with temperatures expected to hover right around a balmy 80 degrees all week long.

Don’t let the springtime sunshine fool you. Spring time can bring severe weather to Oklahoma. We often experience raging thunderstorms, hailstorms, tornadoes, wildfires and even earthquakes in our state.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is a disaster response organization as well as a social services organization. When disaster strikes, we respond immediately with our emergency canteens to provide food, drinks, relief and spiritual care to those affected. We also provide long-term recovery assistance to those who lose so much during these disasters.

But, do you have a disaster plan in place for your family or business?  Creating one now when the weather is nice will ensure you and your loved ones will know what to do when a major incident occurs.

So, for your use, we’ve put together a short how-to on creating your own personal disaster plan:

ANY EMERGENCY

1. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to call 9-1-1. Let children use a toy phone to practice.

2. Make emergency cards for every member of the family, including a picture, age, full name, birth date, emergency phone number and alternate contacts besides parents. List any food or medicine allergies as well.

3. Identify a neighbor or friend who can watch your children in your absence in case of an emergency.

4. Always have a battery-operated radio and flashlight ready to go in case the electricity goes out.

5. Have a first aid kit stocked and ready. Make sure your family members know where it is and how to use the items inside.

6. Develop an emergency communication plan. If your family members are separated from one another, make sure you plan for getting back together.

7. Have an out-of-town relative or friend to be your “family contact.”  The contact should live outside the state because after a disaster, long distance calls are easier to make than a local call. Everyone must know the contact’s name, address, and phone number.

8. Pets are usually not permitted to be in shelters or places where food is served. Make a plan of where to take pets if you had to go to a public shelter where they are not permitted. Bring all pets into the house and confine them to one room, if you can. 

Fire:

1. PLEASE PLEASE make sure every room has a smoke detector and that batteries are changed twice a year.

2. Practice using the exits from the home with your children? You should have at least two separate exits and practice using both since a fire can block one exit. Have an identified location to meet in case family members are using different exits.

3. Once everyone is out, account for everyone. Make sure all family members are accounted for.

4. PRACTICE your fire drill once a month.

AFTER DISASTERS

1. Stay calm. Staying rational will help reduce delays or accidents.

2. Put your plan into play and listen to local radio or TV for news.

3. Make sure everyone is safe and uninjured. Get first aid or help for those who are injured.

4. Help others, especially elderly neighbors or those with disabilities.

5. If you go outdoors, wear sturdy shoes and clothing. Debris and sharp objects on the ground could pose a hazard. STAY AWAY FROM POWER LINES ON THE GROUND.

6. Check for damage on the home. Use flashlights if there is no electricity instead of candles, incase of a gas leak or fire danger.  Clean up hazardous spills immediately and check for fire and electrical hazards.

 

On Thanksgiving morning, nearly 1,200 people line the sidewalk in front of The Coca-Cola Event Center in Oklahoma City in the chilly air for one reason only – to eat.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command hosts a city-wide Thanksgiving breakfast every year for those who have no families or no place to go on the holiday. Hundreds of volunteers help serve a traditional breakfast to those who attend, but The Salvation Army also provides groceries every day, every month to families who are in distress.

In 2010-11, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma handed out 27,289 grocery orders to families who could not afford to buy food that month. Senior citizens and the disabled come to The Salvation Army on Fridays to receive sustaining food.

As you can imagine, that’s a lot of groceries that we hand out throughout the year. But, the holidays pose a unique challenge. How can a family working several jobs and still struggling to pay the bills afford a holiday meal like turkey, stuffing and all the fixings?

By partnerships with you and with local businesses. Honeysuckle White through Cargill Meats provided vouchers for 150 turkeys, The House FM is holding a series of events in Oklahoma City called Turkey 4 Tunes, Exclusive Wireless is collecting non-perishable food and citizens like you are collecting food for charity as well.

How do you know what to give though? The Salvation Army Charitable food drives can include food donations, household items and pet products. Knowing some of the common guidelines and restrictions of food pantries can help you make the most of your donation. 

Ideas for Food Items:

· We respectively request donations of nutritious food that are shelf stable, no fresh or frozen, like:

* Canned or dried fruit and vegetables

* Canned tomotoes and pasta sauce

* Shelf stable fruit cups and juice boxes

* Protein sources like canned or dried beans, canned meats, peanut butter and nuts

* Whole grain food items like whole grain pasta, whole grain crackers, oatmeal, cereals, brown rice and other useful foods like canned stew, canned or box soups, dry milk and baby food.

 Ideas for Household Goods

· We also accept basic household items. Frequently needed bathroom items include toilet paper, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Other useful household items include dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent and dish soap.

 Potential Restrictions

· Food pantries have different guidelines for what they will accept. Some only accept food, while others will also accept non food items. The Salvation Army will not accept over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements or recently expired food.

Tips for Shopping

 · There are several ways to make your hard earned money go further. First, buy in quantity, but not in bulk. Warehouse stores have good values when you buy large quantities, but a 128 oz. can of diced tomatoes is too much for one family. Try buying a 10 pack of 14 oz. tomatoes instead. Second, buy nutritious foods. Snack foods don’t provide many nutrients; fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains are better choices. Finally, buy generic. For the most part, generic and store brands of foods and household goods have the same ingredients as name brands, but they are much cheaper – sometimes less than half the price.

To host your own food drive, call The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100.