Chickasha Angels see Great Support

Chk2With Christmas rapidly approaching, The Salvation Army is always blessed to be able to partner with many different individuals and organizations to ensure that no child is forgotten during the holiday. Recently, The Salvation Army of Chickasha was the recipient of many gifts for the 150 Angels in Grady & Caddo Counties.

The Bridge Creek Fire Department held a toy drive in which over 500 toys were collected and delivered to The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy Shop to be distributed this Christmas. The Chickasha Fire Department also collected over $500 to be used for Angel Tree gifts at The Salvation Army of Chickasha.

Chk1An anonymous donor dropped off 20 bicycles to the Angel Tree Toy Shop last week in hopes that every Angel who asked Santa for a bike might receive one. This generous donor has donated numerous bicycles during the holiday season every year for the past ten years.

If you would like to partner with The Salvation Army of Chickasha, please call (405) 224-5647. You can also donate to the Chickasha Online Red Kettle by clicking here.

Blessings in a Mason Jar

The #RedKettleReason campaign has brought public attention to many stories of why people give to The Salvation 20141210_180413Army at Christmas, but perhaps the most touching is a story of two young boys in Heber Springs, Arkansas. One evening, a gentleman approached the kettle van driver, holding a glass mason jar. Emotional, the man began to tell the driver a story which was about his son.

The man said his son worked in an oil field in Texas. He would work 28 days straight and then travel home for two weeks to spend time with family.  In early November 2014, his son began his journey home and fell asleep at the wheel. Tragically, he was killed in the accident.

The father goes on to share that every year around Christmas time, his son would go out and serve others, setting an example for his two young sons, ages 6 and 8, about giving and helping those in need. This year, he was going to serve by volunteering to ring the bell with his sons the weekend before Christmas. The man’s children were so excited to volunteer at the red kettle they began doing chores around the neighborhood, collecting money to jump start their kettle.  The boys worked hard collecting the money.  After their dad was killed, they worked even harder as a tribute to their father. 

Ending his emotional story, the man handed over the glass mason jar, filled with over 100 dollars in bills and coins.   Little did this father of two know the lesson he was teaching his two sons about giving back to the community would be instilled as a gift that would keep on giving.  The son’s legacy of giving back and serving others continues.

Christmas Bicycle Assembly Off to a Strong Start

10806488_10152811350786620_8121099312373668113_nBicycles are the most requested items that children in the Angel Tree program ask for during Christmastime, and every year The Salvation Army strives to make every wish come true. This past Saturday, the ‘elves’ were busy at work at the Plaza Mayor shopping center, assembling over 1000 bikes to fulfill the children’s wishes, purchased with the funds raised by The Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary Buck$ 4 Bikes campaign.

Volunteers began arriving at 8:30am, long before the scheduled check-in time, bringing a sense of excitement and joy to the task at hand.    It took a mere 3 hours for the 200 volunteers to assemble 1,010 bikes, and each bike was inspected by the mechanics from local cycle shops Al’s Bicycles and Schlegel’s Bikes. To complete the safe keeping of the gift recipients, the Oklahoma Bicycle Society purchased helmets for each bike that was assembled.

10359535_10152811350931620_4813677394346153166_n The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma is grateful for the generous donors who gave over $41,000 to the Buck$ 4 Bikes campaign, allowing over 1000 children to receive a brand new bicycle this Christmas. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our volunteers and local bicycle stores and organizations that ensure that the bikes given this Christmas are safe and secure.