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 Linda Day of Central Oklahoma had worked hard all her life, but she still wanted an engaging activity to enjoy when she retired.

She started making quilts, a relaxing hobby that she and her husband could both share, and those quilts were given to the Veterans Administration hospitals and nursing homes. Linda made quilts so well and so fast, she realized the organizations couldn’t take all the quilts she was making.

When Linda was younger and her children were small, she knew firsthand the difference The Salvation Army made in the lives of those in need. When her family faced a financial crisis and Christmas was out of the question, she turned to The Salvation Army, which provided her family with more than she thought possible.

Now, in a position to help others who are in need, she told her husband that she would start giving the quilts to The Salvation Army, and for the past two years, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command has received more than 700 quilts from Ms. Day for the Christmas Angel Tree.

Ms. Day was one of hundreds of Salvation Army volunteers who gave so much of their talents and skills to The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command in 2011. She also received special recognition this morning at the Annual National Salvation Army Week Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

Although all our volunteers received certificates and thanks, a handful received special recognition for their outstanding contributions.

Boys & Girls Club:   Shana Perry  Principal Del Crest Middle School


Mrs. Perry has been an Advisory Council Member for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oklahoma for about 1 year. Her leadership in helping the Club host the Harlem Ambassador’s Charity Basketball Game enabled the Club to raise nearly $7,000.  She was instrumental in securing a venue for the event and handled most of the logistics for the night. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make things happen and the event was a success.

Her participation on the Advisory Council has been helpful to the Club staff. Whenever guidance and advice is needed, she is there. If it’s mentoring the kids that come to the Club, she is readily available. Mrs. Perry has a keen understanding of the environment that the Club kids come from and she understands what it takes for them to succeed.  She was recently awarded Middle School Principal of the Year and The Boys and Girls Club is proud to honor her as our 2011 Club Volunteer of the Year. 

Christmas Kettles  Rotary Club 29

The Rotary Club 29 began their support of the Christmas Kettle drive in 1943 under the leadership of Rex Hayes.  They started out as a small, but a powerful group of men and have grown to over 582 strong.  With the growth of the club also came growth of their support.  They now cover 14 kettle locations for an entire day during The Christmas Kettle season.  Rotary Club 29 has raised over $260,000 throughout the years.

Seniors Programs:

Citadel Senior Center’s Wanda McPherren teaches Bible study every Tuesday.  She is dedicated to God and to teaching his word to the people that attend her class.  She is faithful in her service and allows nothing to cause conflict with this commitment she has made.  Our members look forward to her class every week.


Reding Center’s Eva Zamora is a wonderful volunteer.  She is still active at 85 years young.  She speaks limited English but doesn’t allow this to be a barrier in her serving.  She faithfully wraps eating utensils, serves lunch and takes care of delivering meals to our homebound.  The Reding Center is a better place for our members with having someone like Eva.


Warr Acres Senior Center’s  Oma Bennett Nolan is a dedicated volunteer and always full of fire and life.  She is to do anything that needs to be done and always exceeds what is expected. Ms. Oma has a perpetual smile of joy, and her energy keeps the senior center hopping.


Shelter Programs:  Rebecca Marfurt

Rebecca’s first experience with The Salvation Army was at the annual bike assembly in 2009 when she helped assemble hundreds of bicycles for Angel Tree children.  At the time, she had been going through a difficult time of life, and she decided that volunteering would lift her spirits and bring her happiness.  After helping assemble bikes, Rebecca decided to look into ongoing opportunities for helping at The Salvation Army.  When she saw the garden area for the Family Shelter, it peaked her interest.

Rebecca has a love for gardening and creating a beautifl space at the shelter was an opportunity for her to share that joy with others.  It became her personal goal to make the entry to the Family Shelter inviting to whomever walked through the front gates.  She gardens during her lunch break and she takes pride in the beauty that is shared daily with all who enter.  “Volunteering for The Salvation Army has been far more rewarding than I could ever imagine,”  said Ms. Marfurt.


Social ServicesShannon Ballesteros

Since March 2011, one group of volunteers have provided thousands of hours and personal funding during 2011 by taking a “personal ownership” of the Social Services Department of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s “Food Pantry.”

Although this is a family effort, Shannon Ballesteros took the lead, guiding her family in an effort to make the food pantry more efficient and organized. This family of volunteers began with that one vision and has since gone beyond what most volunteer groups can accomplish.

This group, compiled of seven volunters, has cleaned, sorted, built shelving, racks and carts, procured equipment,  totally re-organized the pantry,  trained others to be productive volunteers and solicited assistance from both area companies and individuals.

Ms. Ballesteros even used personal funds to purchase needed items that would have otherwise not been available. She can also be seen sorting and organizing the thousands of coats that are donated in the “Warmth 4 Winter” program.

Do yearn to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate? Do you have talents and time you wish to share with others.

Volunteer today with The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. Call our volunteer coordinator at 405-246-1101.











Members with Leadership OKC help The Salvation Army beat the $600,000 goal in 2011 for the Red Kettle Campaign.

We are thrilled to report that the 2011 Kettle Goal of $600,000 was surpassed thanks to your generosity!
This year, with your support, we raised $650,747 in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Canadian Counties.

As you know, our needs are greater than ever. It’s been an extremely difficult year for many of our neighbors. Here at The Salvation Army, requests for help are up dramatically.

On average, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Commands provides hope and aid to 160,000 people right here in Central Oklahoma, as well as over 300,000 meals annually.

We need your help to:

* Provide food to hungry families
* Support our Salvation Army youth and children at our two Boys and Girls Clubs
* Shelter the homeless who come to us with nowhere else to turn
* Provide emergency items like clothing, furniture and other basics
* Serve all those in need with compassion and care.

Please consider donating online for a one-time gift or, even better, set up your monthly gift to sustain Oklahomans in need all year long.

Salvation Army Majors Margaret Kennell and Francina Proctor help kick off the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign along with The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Rumble the Bison!


The 2011 Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Red Kettle Campaign kicked off Nov. 25, and hundreds of locations in Central Oklahoma will host Salvation Army Bell Ringers this Christmas season.

However, collections for the Red Kettle are $7,500 lower this year than they were this same time last year.

 The Salvation Army uses the donations to the Red Kettles for services to the Central Oklahoma area, capped off by its Christmas assistance program. The kick-off event, held Nov. 25 at Norman I-35 Walmart, featured Salvation Army officers and bellringers as well as Oklahoma’s largest Red Kettle, the Oklahoma City Thunder Mascot Rumble the Bison and the Salvation Army ensemble.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command includes Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties.

“Our goal this year is to raise $599,768 total for all three counties,” said Area Commander Major Dan Proctor. “Last year, we were so blessed that the community beat the 2010 goal of $433,000, and we hope once again, citizens will donate their pocket change to help make a real difference to those suffering.”

 The Army has increased its services due to higher demand and needs to bring in more than last year to meet the goal. By county, this year’s goals are $28,727  for Canadian County, $106,261  for Cleveland County and $464,780 for Oklahoma County. 

 Throughout the past several years, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma continues to see an increase in services. The Salvation Army depends upon bellringing and other fundraising efforts throughout the Christmas season for 20 percent of its fiscal year budget.

 “What we really need is for more service clubs, volunteer organizations, college students, community leaders, church Sunday School classes, families or individuals to commit to covering a location for a day or two, or half-days for smaller groups. Many clubs or groups have helped in the past and may even consider raising their own bar to help even more, perhaps covering a longer day or a second day. This would be so very helpful,” said Major Proctor.

 The Salvation Army will once again provide toys and clothes to 2,000 families in Central Oklahomaas well. Gifts will also be given to nursing home residents.

The Salvation Army and its officers are deeply committed to carrying out its ministry not only during the holiday season, but year round, said Major Proctor.

“Although our visibility is more heightened during the holidays, it is important that the community knows that our programs are ongoing,” said Major Proctor.  “We all need to come together to revitalize and strengthen the core of our local community by offering support any way we can.“ 

To volunteer to help with the bell ringing or for more information about Christmas programs, call  Lois Green at 405-246-1100. Paid bell ringing positions are also available, although volunteers are preferred.

You’re never too young to make a difference in the world.
Teenagers can be an incredible force of change in the lives of those who are struggling. The Salvation Army has many opportunities for teenagers to apply their unique energy, talents and enthusiasm to help those in need.
Your reasons for volunteering is an unique as you are. Many times, you want to learn more about the issues that plague society. Other times, you want to reach out and make a difference. No matter what the reason, you’re needed!
Some of the easiest ways for teens to volunteer with the Salvation Army include:
* Helping serve in The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Red Shield Kitchen, which provides a free dinner to anywhere from 80 to 300 people a night
* Help put together grocery orders for the food pantry. Help our social services office put together bags of food for families who need extra assistance.
* Help out at the Boys and Girls Club. Got a knack for math or reading? Help tutor children. Like sports? We always need people to help with our student athletes.
* Become trained as a disaster volunteer. When a major event – like a tornado – occurs, The Salvation Army responds with drinks, food and spiritual counseling to victims and responders
* Ring bells at Christmas. It’s a great way to help raise money for all the important programs that assist more than 125,000 people in Oklahoma City every year.
* Help serve during The Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving Day meal. We need hundreds of volunteers to serve the homeless on this special holiday.
For more information about volunteering, call Lois Green at 405-246-1101.