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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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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

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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Tickets are on sale and going fast for the Harlem Ambassadors celebrity basketball game April 23 at Del City High School in Del City.

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will visit Oklahoma City for a game at on April 23 at Del City High School’s John Smith Fieldhouse, 1900 S. Sunnylane Rd. in Del City.

The Ambassadors will play against The Oklahoma City Lightning – a charity team featuring Oklahoma City’s favorite local celebrities and Coach Barry Switzer, to raise money for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club’s 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. The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play.

“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events.

For Oklahoma City’s event the Ambassadors have partnered with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club programs.

Players on the Oklahoma City Lightning Team coached by Switzer include OU Football players, former OU stars, former NFL players, Rep. Richard Morrissette and local on-air talents.

“It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.”

Tickets are $10 and available at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, 2808 SE 44th.

A limited number of special VIP tickets are $20. Call 246-1100 for tickets today.

Sponsors include Love’s Travel Stop, eTech Solutions, Sandridge Energy, Unlimited Storm Restoration, Renda Broadcasting, Who’s Your Buddy Cafe, Oklahoma Natural Gas and OG&E.

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will visit Oklahoma City for a game at 7 p.m. on April 23 at Del City High School’s John Smith Fieldhouse,1900 S. Sunnylane Rd. in Del City.

 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.

 The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play.

 “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

 The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For Oklahoma City’s event the Ambassadors have partnered with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Boys & Girls Club to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club programs.

 The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars – an accomplishment of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud.

 “It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.”     

 Tickets are $10 and available at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, 2808 SE 44th.  A limited number of special VIP tickets are $20.

 

For many in need, a simple $4 bus pass can mean the difference between a job or unemployment, a much needed trip to the doctor or a chance to change a life.

Because of the limited funding to provide bus passes to those in need, runhers, a women’s organization with headquarters in OKC, is partnering with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command to provide bus passes that provides hope and opportunity to those who are suffering.

“During runhers’ meetings with The Salvation Army team, we asked where we could have high community impact on people in need – outside of the traditional great work Salvation Army does with the Red Kettle Drive and the Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter Coat Project, amongst other projects,” said runhers Energy Director Sara McCauley.

“This seemed to be an area where we could have very high impact.”

Salvation Army Residential Shelter Director Janet Miller said few understand how important transportation is to those seeking employment or who are homeless and in transition.

“When you provide transportation to individuals in need, you are actually participating in that person’s day and perhaps future,” said Miller. “The bus pass you provide for one day may be the day that she/he lands the job, enters school, goes to the doctor, graduates, finds housing, delivers a baby or reunites with a loved one. Every one of these things we may take for granted, but these so many more things have occurred on a bus pass.”

For the 2011 Christmas Season, runhers is collecting cash and checks to give to The Salvation Army to provide transportation (movement/freedom/possibilities).

“Our goal is to buy as many $4 and $1.50 passes as we can,” McCauley said. “Metro Transit has indicated that they can work with The Salvation Army on better bulk rates when we pass $500.”

runhers will donate the first $100.

Those wishing to contribute can mail checks or donations to: The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma – “Bus Passes”, c/o runHers LLC, P.O. Box 720627, Oklahoma City, OK 73127.

“Life is not static; it is a dynamic and an ever-changing motion picture. Providing transportation enables individuals to actively participate in life,” said Miller.

“Without transportation, one finds themselves standing on the sidelines unable to fully participate in daily routines that most of us take for granted. A bus pass is seemingly such a small thing, yet the potential it holds for someone’s life is enormous.”

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.

 

More than 658 bicycles were delivered to The Salvation Army Nov. 3 to help make hundreds of children's Christmas dreams come true through the Angel Tree program.

At 8 a.m. Nov. 3, two Old Dominion Freight Lines 18-wheelers rolled silently through the streets of Midwest City, Oklahoma, to deliver a cargo that would make dreams come true for children in Central Oklahoma.

Filled with more than 650 bicycles, these trucks hauled their load from Huffy on the East Coast to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Christmas Distribution Center in Midwest City for free, donating the use of their trucks to help make Christmas a joy for even the most poverty-stricken child.

During the summer, The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary set out counter top Red Kettles in more than 60 businesses in the metro area. For the month of July, residents donated a dollar or two, but at the end of the month, more than $24,000 had been raised to purchase bicycles for children on The Angel Tree.

“Every year, hundreds of children dream of a new bike at Christmas,” said D’Anna Pulliam, Salvation Army Women’ Auxiliary. “Every year, we try to fill every child’s wish, but sometimes, not all children can get that bike. The goal of Buck$ 4 Bikes is to raise money so that every child who dreams of a new bike can get one.”

The Salvation Army Angel Tree features 2,000 families this year. The children and elderly of that family are placed on paper Angels, along with their most hopeful wish for Christmas, and the public “adopts” those Angels to shop for. This year, The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be at both Penn Square Mall and Quail Springs Mall with space donated by both.

“This is the most amount of money we’ve raised for bikes,” said Pulliam. “So many more needy children will have their Christmas wishes come true.”

On Dec. 19-21, The Salvation Army will distribute the gifts to the families… this year, many more children will have Christmas dreams come true.

Bring the whole family out to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club’s Fall Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. TONIGHT at the Club, 2808 SE 44th St.

Besides free food, live entertainment, game booths and tons of candy for the kiddos, the entire event is free to the public. Knowledge, our youth director for the club, has Christian and inspirational rappers on the slate for tonight as well to spread their positive messages.

The games include the usual, like football tosses and Plinko, but we’ll have some unique little games, like a toilet paper toss and others. We’d like to give a special shout-out to the Adult Rehabilitation Center guys for hand-making all the games for tonight’s event.

Again, this event is free and open to the public. Not only is it a fun festival for kids of all ages, it’s also a very safe place for the family to celebrate this fall holiday.

“We’ve become a place in this community where everyone knows they can come for a safe and fun time,” said Captain Michael Knott of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “We’ve grown so much. We have over 100 kids who come to us after school and during our special camps, and kids just walk in now knowing that this is a safe place to come.”

The Boys & Girls Club offers after-school programs like homework assistance, crafts, dance classes, sports and more every day after school at its location at SE 44th and Bryant. In addition, any child under 18 years old can come to the club for a hot meal at 5:30 every day.

For more information or to enroll a child in The Boys & Girls Club, call 405-677-4781.