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Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking
on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m., Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza
This January, Oklahomans Observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Oklahoma City, Okla. (January 17, 2013) – In observance of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force invites all Oklahomans to attend a Candlelight Vigil to honor the Victims of Human Trafficking on Fri., January 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State Capitol Building – South Plaza.
Candlelight Vigil honoring Human Trafficking Victims Program (about 20 minutes)
Opening Prayer: Mrs. Cindy Lankford (Congressman James Lankford’s wife)
Song: “Amazing Grace”– Emily Elkins, LifeChurch.tv
Governor’s Proclamation: Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Featured Speaker: Wilma Lively, Day Spring Villa
Closing Prayer: Pastor Mark Crow, Victory Church
“According to experts, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. Free the Slaves conservatively estimates there are 27 million men, women, and children in slavery at any given time. Eighty percent of all victims are women, and HALF of them are children. The victims of human trafficking are trapped in a life of misery…often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or taken to grueling jobs and forced to work for little or no pay,” said Major Leisa Hall, Divisional Secretary for Women’s Ministries, The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma. “Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, second only to drugs as the largest criminal enterprise in the world. Shockingly, the average entry age for trafficked victims in the sex industry is 12-14 years old. Even here in America, our nation’s sons and daughters are being forced to work as sex slaves and we need your help to get the word out.”
“This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and sweatshops; at sea, abroad, and at home. They are the victims of human trafficking — a crime that amounts to modern-day slavery. As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.” – President Barack Obama, as stated in his Presidential Proclamation.
“Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation for human trafficking. Geographically, Oklahoma is the crossroads of the nation; we have three major interstates that run right through the heart of our State. Traffickers are driving through our state every day,” said Suzi Hanson, OATH (Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans) Coalition Volunteer. “Human Trafficking is an issue of vulnerability and Oklahoma is in the top for all the wrong things – teenage pregnancy, teenage homelessness, child abuse to name a few and we are in the bottom for the wrong things as well – 49th in education and according to the last census, we were 46th in per capita income. If you are a bad guy looking for vulnerable, broken, hurting, young girls, Oklahoma is the place to be.”
More Candlelight Vigil Details:
· Friday, January 25, 6 p.m., South Plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building
· Governor’s Proclamation
· Oklahoma City Mayor’s Office is illuminating the Skydance Bridge in the color blue in observance of the Vigil and Human Trafficking Awareness color.
· Battery-operated candles and blue pin-on ribbons will be available for participants.
Upcoming Human Trafficking Events
OATH (Oklahoman Against Trafficking Humans) Fundraising Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Skirvin Hotel
Contact: Suzi Hanson at email@example.com or 405-822-8230
Miss Oklahoma 2012 will be our emcee for the luncheon, and you will learn more about human trafficking and how it relates to Oklahoma. Additionally, a survivor of human trafficking, trafficked here in Oklahoma, will share her story. Projects to include, but not limited to, awareness campaigns, getting this information into schools educating our sons and daughters, and research into opening a home for girls who are rescued from sex trafficking under the age of 18.
Providing Services to Runaway Youth and Victims of Human Trafficking Online Discussion
January 22, 2013, 11 a.m.
Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.
Community Summit on Human Trafficking
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.), Location: TBA
Contact: Major Leisa Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (O.A.T.H.), is a local non-profit, 501(c)3, that focuses on helping people understand human trafficking. Our mission is to expose this issue, identify possible victims, and help them get the services that they need for recovery. Many Americans are stunned to find that this is not only an international and national problem, but that it strikes at the very heart of our great state of Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma is one of the top states in our nation for recruiting and trafficking slaves for the sex industry. The United States is the number one destination for child sex trafficking. Our children are at risk and we at O.A.T.H. want you to know how to protect the ones you love!
*Statistics from Federal Agencies, FBI, OBN, OATH, Salvation Army and Polaris
The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is in need of volunteers. For more information about volunteering in central Oklahoma, call 246-1101.
By Robert Medley
Published: October 29, 2012
For more than 20 years, Ernie Potter has been ringing bells to get people to drop coins into red kettles to help those in need in central Oklahoma.
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Potter, 65, has seen some surprises in the kettles. A woman dropped a ring in a kettle with a note attached once that said, “This is not a mistake. Having this ring was a mistake.”
Once, a 1-ounce gold coin was dropped in a red kettle.
There have been $100 bills, too. People drop their car keys in the kettles quite frequently, he said.
But none of the items found in the kettles reminds Potter why he rings the bells more than a woman who yelled at him not to go anywhere as she came out of a store.
The woman, he recalled, said she had gone through hard times 20 years earlier and her family would not have had a Christmas if it had not been for The Salvation Army’s assistance.
“Those are the people who make it so satisfying,” Potter said. “People who have worked hard all their lives and are suddenly in need we assist. That is what makes you know how important this is.”
Potter recalled the story Thursday as he worked to round up more volunteers for this year’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign in central Oklahoma. The national campaign is from Nov. 9 to Dec. 24.
Jeanean Castle, Salvation Army director of development for Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, said the telephone rang 5,000 times in one hour on a recent day. The calls were from people needing utility or Christmas assistance.
The 2011 Red Kettle campaign raised $650,000, Castle said. Salvation Army officials hope to top that this year. There is more of a need out there than ever before with economic conditions, she said.
The money raised by bell ringers outside of retail stores supports all Salvation Army programs and services, Castle said. Christmas needs are seasonal, and only a portion of the work that is done year round, she said.
People who can’t volunteer time as bell ringers can raise funds online, she said. The website is www.onlineredkettle.org.
For more information about volunteering in central Oklahoma, call 246-1101.
Read more: http://newsok.com/bell-ringers-sought-to-raise-money-for-salvation-army-red-kettle-campaign/article/3723469#ixzz2AihNiEBg
The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers for its iconic red Christmas Kettle campaign, which begins Nov. 16 and runs until Dec. 24, 2012. Bell Ringers are needed to raise funds at Christmas Kettles in shopping centres throughout the city. Individuals, families and groups including corporations, churches, service clubs and organizations are welcome to take part this Christmas season. The Christmas Kettle campaign depends on nearly 10,000 volunteer hours each year. Volunteering at a Christmas Kettle can mean as little as two hours and make a lasting difference in our community. The Christmas Kettle Campaign helps support individuals and families with nutritious meals, emergency food and clothing, and shelter, utility assistance, Boys and Girls Clubs and more. Make a difference this Christmas and help us restore hope and dignity to vulnerable people in our community. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please email email@example.com or call Lois at 405-246-1101. The Salvation Army is an international faith-based organization that gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in more than 124 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in our community. http://salvationarmyokcac.org/
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will once again host the Red Hot Kettle Run 5K and 10K on Aug. 25 at Regatta Park, 725 S Lincoln, in Oklahoma City’s boathouse district, and energetic VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED!
All funds from the race will go to The Salvation Army Social Services office to help provide food assistance, utility assistance and shelter to Central Oklahoma’s neediest citizens. The run will begin at 7 a.m. sharp at the Regatta Park. Runners will receive a T-shirt and winning gifts for each age group.
The start and finish are located at Regatta Park, off Byers Avenue, just west of the Byers Avenue Bridge. Race day registration will be under the pavilion in the park.
Packet Pick will be noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 at the Salvation Army location at 311 SW 5th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73109. Avoid the rush! Pick up early.
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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.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, 2808 SE 44th St., will host a free family health and fun fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the club.
Families can enjoy health and fitness information booths, snacks, a dunk tank, games for youth and more at the free event. The public is invited.
Tags: Boys & Girls Club, football, football camp, football drills, OU football, Salvation Army, summer camps, SWIFT, TU football, youth camps
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command Boys & Girls Club will host the 2nd Annual Football Camp, hosted by S.W.I.F.T (Students with Integrity, Fundamentals and Tenacity.)
The camp will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 9 – 12 at the Boys & Girls Club, 2808 S.E. 44th for ages 9 to 18. The camp is free to all children in the metropolitan area, but spots are limited to 150.
Registration for the free football camp begins Monday, June 25. To register, call Myron Mosely at 405-677-4781, Ext. 106.
S.W.I.F.T celebrity coaches for the football camp include former University of Oklahoma cornerback Mike Woods, former OU wide receiver Quentin Chaney, former OU linebacker Rufus Alexander, former University of Tulsa running back Tarrion Adams and former TU fullback Cody Madison.
In addition to running drills and working on football fundamentals during the week, the youth in the camp will also hear from special celebrity speakers about such topics as integrity, tenacity and learning the fundamentals.
“This camp is a fun week for youth interested in football, but it offers so much more,” said Coach Mosely. “Yes, they will run drills and learn technique, but S.W.I.F.T will also show them the importance of character in sports.”
S.W.I.F.T aims to impact metro youth with positive activities, like sports camps.
Again, registration is limited to 150 children. Registration for the camp begins Monday. Call Myron Mosely at 405-677-4781, ext. 106.
For more information about The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, contact Megan Brown-Ellis at 405-677-4781.