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The Salvation Army 2017 Impact Report for the tulsa Metro Area Command

MEETING THE NEED YOUTH

MEETING THE NEED YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS T he Salvation Army serves youth of all ages through a variety of programs. Be it physical needs or spiritual ones, The Army offers programs where children and teenagers can find support and a home away from home. The cornerstone of the youth programs is The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa. With six locations throughout the greater Tulsa area, the Boys & Girls Clubs offer after-school programs during the academic school year. Ensuring that we are preparing the leaders of tomorrow, programs such as Keystone Club and Youth of the Year competition are offered. During the summer, the Clubs have day camps, where children can have a safe place to be while out of school. Arts and crafts, computer and recreational activities, and athletic programs are just a few of the many activities youth enjoy year-round. Each Club offers organized and affordable sports such as basketball and football while placing an equal emphasis on academics and character building. In 2018, The Salvation Army will open a Conservatory for Performing and Visual Arts in all six clubs, providing affordable music and arts education no longer offered in many public schools. The programs and services offered at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs go beyond serving just members. The Clubs also serve as community centers in their neighborhoods. The facilities host birthday parties, senior swimming classes, offer adult gym memberships and serve as emergency shelters when needed. “The Club is my ‘home away from home’.” -Dakota, Club member 8

MEETING THE NEED CHRISTMAS ASSISTANCE T he "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with hundreds of thousands of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless. Without The Salvation Army and its efforts through the Angel Tree and other programs, many children would be without toys and clothes at Christmas. The Salvation Army assists needy families to ensure that their hardship is not suffered by their children. Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners. Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and our homeless shelter offers a sitdown Christmas Eve luncheon. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten. Christmas 2017 2,032 Families Served 8,153 Children & Elder Angels 2,421 Bicycles Distributed 25,000+ Toys 30,000+ Items of Clothing 9

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