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.

2014 Christmas Kickoff in Central Oklahoma

OKC2On Thursday, November 13th, The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma officially kicked off their Red Kettle & Angel Tree season at Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City. Joined by KFOR’s Kevin Ogle and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s mascot Rumble The Bison and Thunder Girls, the iconic sound of The Salvation Army bell rung out for the first time, signifying the kettles were officially open.

In his opening remarks, Kevin Ogle announced that The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma is expecting to fill over 5000 angels this Christmas season, and invited the public to adopt an Angel off of the trees when they’re out shopping for friends and loved ones. Leading by example, Ogle proceeded to adopt the first Angel of the season.
OKC1With Angel Tree locations at both Quail Springs and Penn Square Mall, the Salvation Army will also have an Angel Tree set up at the outdoor Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma City, providing opportunities for residents of Central Oklahoma to adopt an angel no matter what part of town they reside in. The 2014 Angel Tree adoptions will end on December 11th, ensuring that families of adopted Angels have plenty of time to pick up their gifts and get them under the Christmas tree.

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For more information on The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, including volunteer opportunities, visit them online at www.salvationarmyokcac.org or call 405-246-1100.

Stillwater Thanks Their Volunteers

The Salvation Army of Stillwater, OK wants to thank you for helping make the Christmas season a very joyous occasion for 512 children and senior adults in Stillwater, Payne and Noble Counties.  An additional 432 benefitted from the food boxes provided to each household.  We would not be able to serve so many without your help – whether it is as time, talent, or resources.

Thank you to:

  • Noon Kiwanis, OSU Home Mom’s (Kappa Sigma), First Assembly of God, Charley Neely, Hunter Robinson, Payne County 4H, Noon Lions, Eagle Heights Baptist Church, Troy Williamson, Delta Sigma Pi, First Church of Nazarene, Freda & Richard Lyle, SHS Beta Club, Richard Eggermen,the Adult Sunday School of University Heights Baptist, and the Methodist Men, and many individuals that helped these groups to keep the bells ringing.
  • Special thanks to Eagle Heights Baptist Church who rang the most hours for a group and raised $1,459.53!  The Methodist Men rang 27 hours but also raised $1,486.20! The individual volunteer who rang the most hours was Troy Williamson with 97 hours and raised over $4,200!
  • A BIG Thank you to our Kettle Stand sponsors:  Harrison Electric, Shamblin Rentals, Stillwater Milling Company, Advanced Chiropractic, Dr. Stephanie Kendrick, D.D.S., Merrifeld Office Supply, Cushing Veternariary Clinic, L.L.C., VMI Inc., and Baker Pharmacy.  Thank you to each of these businesses for their generosity!
  • In addition to all the bell ringing, we also had several businesses and groups that hosted an Angel Tree site.  We appreciate these business for making the angels accessible for individuals to adopt and purchase the gifts.  Thank you to Atwoods Ranch & Home, Casner Student Council-OSU, CATOs, Countryside Baptist Church, Glo Salon, IBC Bank, JCPenney, Old Navy, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Stillwater Bible Church, Stillwater Junior High, USDA Food Bank, Walgreens, Walls Bargain Cener, Wal-Mart on Perkins Road and Your Hair Rocks!
  •  Much thanks go to Shawnee High School National Honor Society and the “Singing” Baseball team who volunteered their afternoons to unload canned goods, make boxes and fill them for 302 families so that these families could have a Christmas dinner.
  •  In addition, there were numerous volunteers who assisted with taking applications, preparing the angel tags, and processing the angels as they came in & helping recipients to carry the gifts, bicycles and food boxes out to their cars on Distribution Day.  We could not have had such a successful day if it had not been for all these volunteers, their wonderful, cheery attitudes and strong backs!

And to your wonderfully supportive Advisory Board – Henry Siems, outgoing Chairman, Michelle Charles, Deborah Deal, Norm McNickle, Denise Strickland, Mark Wagner, Minda Wilson and Rob Woods – you all are the best!  Thank you for your dedication to serve, your words of encouragement and your presence when we need you!  It is an honor to serve along side you!

Your dedication to the persons in need in our community was very evident in the results of our Christmas campaign.   Our goal for Christmas 2013 was $60,000 and in spite of having fewer days to ring bells and the bitter cold we were able to raise $ 51,785.73 thanks to you!

Again, our heartfelt thanks to all of The Salvation Army supporters!   With your continued support, we will continue to honor our promise of Doing The Most Good for those in the most need throughout the coming year.