Central Oklahomans gave more each day in the The Salvation Army Christmas Red Kettle than ever before. The average daily income for The Salvation Army Red Kettles in 2013 was more than $22,000 up from $17,000 in 2012.
“We are so grateful for Oklahomans who stepped up and gave during this season when we needed it the most,” says Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “With less bell ringing days due to weather and a late Thanksgiving, we were praying for a miracle.”
|2013 The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign|
|Central Oklahoma Area Command|
|Gold Coin and Trinkets||$1,805.00|
Last year, The Salvation Army had a total of 38 full bell ringing days. This year, only 24 full bell ringing days were available due to the harsh wintery weather conditions and a late Thanksgiving calendar date.
“The total raised for this year’s Central Oklahoma Area Command’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is $535,007, and we are so grateful,” said Captain Gargis. “If we had the same time as last year to ring bells, we would have met, and even surpassed last year’s record-breaking campaign income of more than $600,000. Oklahomans were more generous than ever this Christmas! These funds help us stock the organization’s food pantry, youth programs, outreach ministries, and other emergency needs.”
Oklahomans not only gave of their resources this year, they also gave of their time. To provide Christmas assistance in 2013, the total number of volunteer hours required was 11,948, fulfilled by 4,553 volunteers.
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program was able to assist more than 2,000 households, and 9,052 individuals. Donations and funds raised were used to provide area families with a Christmas food box and gifts for children and seniors.
“This year, Oklahomans provided the finest, quality gifts ever,” said Captain Charlotte Gargis, Associate Area Commander. “We have received an abundance of ‘thanks yous’ and hugs from families who experienced the joy of Christmas by your generosity. Because of Oklahomans generosity this Christmas season, these funds will continue to meet on-going needs thoughout the year. As we say, ‘Need knows no season. Please know that your giving was appreciated and truly made a difference this Christmas and beyond. Thank you for remembering those who are lost, lonely and sometimes forgotten.”
Nearly 100 Red Kettle locations were set up at various Central Oklahoma area businesses to collect donations though December 24. Those locations included Homeland, Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Bass Pro Shops and more.
The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma provides services in three counties, including Oklahoma County, Cleveland County and Canadian County.
“The Salvation Army in Central Oklahoma is helping those in need, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis. “There are more demands than we can meet, but with the community’s continued support year round, we are able to provide relief from suffering and set a course for transformed lives.”