Central Oklahoma Fan Drive a Success

Roc2During the months of June, July and August, The Salvation Army sees an increased number of people who look for financial assistance to pay their utility bills. Thankfully, The Salvation Army is approached by many businesses and partners who look to help provide relief to families who struggle to make ends meet during the summer months. In Central Oklahoma, there has been a partnership that has become an annual social event, held in the name of helping their neighbors ‘beat the heat’.

Roc3KFOR’s Scott Hines, Rococo’s Bruce Rinehart and the Bricktown Rotary association have partnered together with The Salvation Army to host an annual Fan Drive. Inciting the public with Chef Rinehart’s famous ‘cookies’, each person who comes to Rococos with a new box fan receives a coupon for the delicious appetizer.  During the four hour fundraiser, Scott Hines broadcasts live from the restaurant, encouraging the public to come out and participate in the event.

Roc1At the end of the day, 77 fans, along with $111 was collected. These fans and the funds that were received are added to the fans donated by OG+E, Westlake Ace Hardware, and other donors, and are given away to the elderly, families with infants, and the disabled.

For more information on the summer Fan Drive, please contact (405) 246-1060.

Lawton BGCA Kids “Eat More Chicken”

chick1The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club in Lawton recently had the opportunity to ‘Eat More Chicken” thanks to a generous fundraising opportunity by Chick-Fil-A at Central Mall.

On select days in early June, customers at Chick-Fil-A were given the opportunity to purchase a sandwich that would be donated to The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club. Throughout the promotion, over 100 sandwiches were purchased to help feed the kids a special lunch.

chick2Tuesday, June 24th, the kids at the Club were assembled in the gymnasium as they always are before lunch time. While the club director was giving instructions and announcements, a surprise visitor entered from the side of the room – none other than the famous Chick-Fil-A Cow. The children erupted in cheers and laughter as the cow made its way through the gym, high-fiving and posing for photographs with the kids. After the cow ‘meet and greet’, lunch was served, and each child at the Boys & Girls Club was served a hot Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

chick3The Salvation Army of Lawton would like to extend a special thank you to the Chick-Fil-A of Central Mall for their support and donation.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club in Lawton, visit www.salvationarmylawton.org

OG+E Donates 200 Fans in Central Oklahoma

OGE1Oklahoma is no stranger to heat. However, with elevated temperatures come higher utility costs, adding a financial burden on many Oklahomans. This often leaves families with a difficult decision: pay for air conditioning, or pay for food and rent. More and more, the choice is to face the summer heat without a source of cool air. The Salvation Army wants to be a provider of relief to families who are facing extreme temperatures, and with the help of OG&E, we are able to provide a box fan for many families in need.

OGE2On Tuesday, June 24th, OG&E stopped by The Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command with a very special delivery of 200 box fans to be distributed to those in need. Kathleen O’Shea, a spokesperson for OG&E, notes that “[OG&E] knows so many people struggle during the summer, so we are happy to partner with The Salvation Army by providing fans to those in need.”

OGE3Major Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander for Central Oklahoma, was on hand to receive the fans on Tuesday, and give thanks on behalf of The Salvation Army. “We could not help in this capacity without partners like OG&E,” says Major Gargis. “Because of [OG&E’s] generous donation, The Salvation Army is prepared today to assist families who are struggling in Oklahoma.”

For more information on the fan distribution, contact The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma at 405-246-1100.