Archive for June, 2011

The Salvation Army is currently seeking a full-time Senior Citizens Program Coordinator for our Senior Center located in Oklahoma City.  The Salvation Army Senior Centers provide a variety of activities designed especially for senior citizens, 55 years or older. 

Senior Centers serve home cooked lunches five days a week, plus provide various activities such as health clinics, field trips, exercise, games, Bible study, socialization and transportation services for our senior citizens. 

The qualified candidate supervises and participates in performing the day-to-day activities necessary for the smooth operation of a senior center including the following: plans daily and weekly in-house activities such as games, crafts, etc. as well as regular outside activities such as after-lunch shopping trips, field trips, dining out, etc.;  assists in preparing and serving daily meals. 

 If interested, applications will be accepted Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following address:     

The Salvation Army Area Command, 311 SW 5th, Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Or email resume to: Denise Adams, Human Resources Administrator at


Found these tips on the Centers of Disease Control’s website at:

Anyway, these are great tips on staying safe in the heat. So, courtesy of the CDC, here’s their tips on being heat safe.

The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Photo of athlete drinking water.Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Photo of woman relaxing in the shade.Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Remember, we have a cooling station open at 330 SW 4th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Red Shield Kitchen when the heat index gets over 100 degrees. Do not hesistate to send someone to us who doesn’t have air conditioning.


Hey! Did you know?

Posted: June 24, 2011 in How We Help, News

Did you know:

1. Norman’s Salvation Army serves more than 854 meals to the public on average in a month?

2. The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is averaging more than 100 children a day at the Summer Kids Camp?

3. Both the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Canadian County Service Center are approved to be a Kids’ Cafe in August through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allowing them to make sure even more youth are being provided nutritious meals.

4. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Social Services provides more than 2,000 food boxes to hungry families each month.

5. The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma went door to door to provide food to 55 people following the tornado May 24 in El Reno.

6. Of the homeless families in the Family and Men’s Shelter, 62 percent moved to permanent housing in May.

7. Every day, over 100 senior citizens are provided nutritious lunches at The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s four senior centers.

8. The Salvation Army provided 200 fans already this summer to seniors, the disabled, the chronically ill and those with infants to help prevent heat-related injuries

9. The Salvation Army hosted a foot care clinic for diabetic seniors; repairs for hearing aids, wheelchairs and walkers; and an education class on tinitis and hearing aids.

10. The Red Shield Kitchen provided 5,575 meals in the month of May.

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.”


Social Services Director Ashley Jones gives a box fan, donated by OG&E, to a needy family.

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 donated 200 fans on Tuesday to The Salvation Army for families suffering from Oklahoma’s heat. Fans are requested daily by clients, so donations of new box fans are in high demand.

By providing box fans to needy and qualified senior citizens, families with infants under 6 months old and the disabled and chronically ill, the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command is hoping 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.

From 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, the Salvation Army’s Social Service office will give free fans to qualified applicants.  The program is available to assist seniors and disabled citizens during the hottest summer months to prevent life threatening situations from occurring (i.e., individuals with congestive heart failure who would have difficulty breathing without cool air).

“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 suffering from extreme heat.”

Major Dan Proctor helps a Salvation Army client with a box fan to help beat the heat.

“We are especially grateful to OG&E 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.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command also provides a cooling station at the Red Shield Kitchen, 330 SW 4th, when the heat index reaches more than 100 degrees.


Donations are needed for the purchase of additional fans. New fans can be donated to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Social Services office at 501 S. Harvey, or financial donations can be sent to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, ATTN: Summer Needs, P.O. Box 2095, Oklahoma City, OK  73101.

Although it’s not officially summer yet in Oklahoma, it sure feels that way. As the heat crept up to near 100 degrees this week, people started breaking out the sunscreen and summer clothes and cranked up the air conditioning.

Heat can be lethal in some cases. In 2008, one of Oklahoma’s hottest summers, 21 senior citizens died due to heat-related incidents. Others at risk include infants and those with chronic health conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, key actions to cope with heat include drinking plenty of water, slowing down, cooling off in the shade or air conditioning if working outside and choosing morning or evening if possible to work or play outside.

Heat illnesses can kill.  The dangers that Oklahoma’s brutal heat can cause include: (via USAToday)

  • Heat cramps: Exercising in hot weather can lead to muscle cramps, especially in the legs, because of brief imbalances in body salts. Cramps become less frequent as a person becomes used to the heat.
  • Heat syncope or fainting: Anyone not used to exercising in the heat can experience a quick drop in blood pressure that can lead to fainting. As with heat cramps, the cure is to take it easy.
  • Heat exhaustion: Losing fluid and salt through perspiration or replacing them in an imbalanced way can lead to dizziness and weakness. Body temperature might rise, but not above 102 degrees. In some cases victims, especially the elderly, should be hospitalized. The best defense is to take it easy and drink plenty of water. Don’t take salt tablets without consulting a physician.
  • Heatstroke:In some cases extreme heat can upset the body’s thermostat, causing body temperature to rise to 105 degrees or higher. Symptoms are lethargy, confusion and unconsciousness. Even a suspicion that someone might be suffering from heatstroke requires immediate medical aid. Heatstroke can kill.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has measures in place to help those who are living on the streets or who do not have access to air conditioning. When the temperature gets 100 degrees or more, our Red Shield Kitchen, located at 330 SW 4th, is open for those needing cool air or cool water. Senior Citizens can visit any one of our five centers to escape the heat.

Next week, we’ll also have a limited supply of box fans to hand out to those ages 65 and older, families with infants younger than 6 months and those with chronic illnesses. 

Fans go quickly, and sadly, there are never enough to go around. OG&E donates fans every year to The Salvation Army and other agencies, but within a day, 200 box fans can be gone.

Want to help out? Please donate NEW box fans to our social services office at 501 S. Harvey or send a donation to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, ATTN: Fans, P.O. Box 2095, Oklahoma City, OK  73101.

A donation of $30 can provide a fan to two families who may suffer during our summer.

Everyone – Stay cool out there!!!


Two of the most popular items on the menu at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, located near Harkins Theater in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown, are the burgers and chicken fried chicken sandwich.

Because of that, citizens throughout the metro can enjoy a juicy burger or chicken fried chicken sandwich while helping their neighbors who were affected by the tornados that ravaged our state this spring.

On Thursday, June 2, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of burgers or chicken fried chicken sandwiches will be donated to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief funds. Come by for lunch and dinner, meet the on-air personalities for KMGL, KOMA, KRXO and KOKC radio stations and find out how you can be a disaster response volunteer for The Salvation Army.

How did this come about? Well, the big shout out should go to Jennifer Bell and the rest of the team at Renda Broadcasting, as well as the great management team at Toby Keith’s place, for setting up this generous fundraiser.

Now, it’s your turn, and what a tough challenge it is – enjoying a delicious lunch or dinner at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill this Thursday!

Hope to see you out there!