The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is responding to storms across the Midwest. The Tulsa mobile feeding unit was dispatched last night to the Joplin area with Captain Warren Jones from our Sapulpa Corp and one volunteer ready to serve. In Joplin, they will serve alongside other officers and volunteers to help all of those in need. Please continue your prayers for all of those affected.
To give a gift to support relief efforts text the word JOPLIN to 80888, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or give securely online here.
The National Salvation Army honored North Mabee Boys & Girls Club member and McLain High School senior Ramone Malone and his family recently by giving them a complimentary weekend trip to Disney World and showing a video of Ramone’s life at the National Advisory Organizations Conference. The video illustrated how Ramone had overcome obstacles in his life with support from the North Mabee Club. After the video, Ramone and Major Roy Williams stood on stage in front of 2,000 people and Ramone thanked the Salvation Army and the North Mabee Club for helping him. He received a standing ovation. The stage had been occupied by former first lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna the day before. Ramone has been accepted to North Eastern Oklahoma State University in the fall and is looking forward to studying business. Long-time North Mabee Club Director Mrs. Jo Bright said Ramone is a “true Mabee Baby”, her nick name for former members of the Club who have become outstanding adults. “Time spent, lessons learned and appreciation shown has been Ramone’s history here at the Club. He was always willing to help, try new things and he worked hard to be the best he could be,” Mrs. Bright said. Congratulations to Ramone, his mother Christi and eight-year-old brother Ja'Shaun, who is also a member of the Club. It was great to see you at Disney World and watch you represent Tulsa with dignity and grace. I hope you had the time of your life! -Sallie
Ramone was also featured in this National Salvation Army commercial seen on television across the country this past holiday season!
This letter was sent to our Center of Hope and I wanted to share. It is always nice to know that our work each day touches lives and makes a difference :) Mary applied for utility assistance and an $80 payment kept the water on in her home. Utility assistance programs like this keep many from becoming homeless. ~Lindsay
Dear Salvation Army,
I am writing you this letter to thank you so much for helping me with my bill. At that time I was needing help BAD! I am very thankful for you all and your help. You paid my water bill, thanks very much for your assistance. I say again, from the bottom of my heart God bless you and your caseworkers and workers and their families.
Know that God loves each one of you.
PS. Remember you're always in my prayers, always. Just remember you help a lot of people Salvation Army. Smile.
It was a beautiful spring morning when the Tulsa Area Command honored its volunteers by treating them to breakfast and giving them their Presidential Awards.
Volunteers from four of six Boys & Girls Clubs and the Center of Hope came to the Central Center at Centennial Park to hear comments from Major Roy Williams and each of the Tulsa Area Command directors who count on their volunteers. “Without you, we could not do what we do,” Major Williams said.
The variety of volunteers was impressive; an 88-year-old Aquatics teacher, four ladies from US Cellular who translate Spanish at the Center of Hope and a lady who rings bells five days a week at Broken Arrow Walmarts.
Volunteer Coordinator Rhonda McDaniel told the story of the Presidential Awards, which are divided into bronze, silver and gold categories, and are signed by President Obama.
Congratulations to all our volunteers. We appreciate you more than you could ever know! -Sallie
Warm hearts and cold hands filled the dining room at the Fourth Annual Women Helping Women Golf Tournament held at Meadowbrook Golf Club Monday. It was 40 degrees at the shotgun start of the tournament, but the “saving grace” from the cold was the lack of wind and rain, Michael Dishman, Salvation Army Special Events Director said. The women’s tournament raised $50,000 that will help women and children staying at the Salvation Army Center of Hope homeless shelter and social services center. After playing golf, 14 women’s teams settled into the club dining room for a delicious lunch of warm taco salad. Advisory Board Chair Billie Barnett said that the Center of Hope helps an average of 60 women and 60 children every night. She thanked tournament chair Sandi Pittman for her dedication to taking the event “up to the next level.” The women had such a good time at the club that they have already scheduled next year’s tournament at Meadowbrook June 4, 2012. With a little luck, they won’t need to wear warm up suits next year! Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to do the greatest good for women and children who need it the most.
Many thanks to Matthew Patrick who recently skipped his prom at Claremore High School to paint playground equipment at the West Mabee Boys & Girls Club. Matt brought a group a friends from the "Next Generation" youth group from First United Methodist Church of Claremore. Members included: Nakylan Walker, James Jones, Tommy Howe, Jose Ibanez, Jaime Willis, Paige Fingerle, Nicole IbanezCassandra Scott. A reporter and photographer from the Tulsa World were also on site to get the story of this amazing group of kids.
Thank you to Matt and your amazing friends - you did a great job!