The Salvation Army – Our Partner in Fighting Hunger

Wednesday, September 10 at 03:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Salvation Army is currently one of the largest emergency food organizations in the world. The Salvation Army has been a part of Shawnee, Okla., since 1903 and Ada, Okla., since 1938. But, its roots date back to 1865 when William Booth, an ordained Methodist minister, started The Christian Mission in London to feed the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless and rehabilitate alcoholics. Twelve years later, the name changed to the Salvation Army, which has grown to be a familiar name to millions all over the world. In particular, the Salvation Army centers its efforts on the most vulnerable citizens, like seniors and children who are struggling to afford the most basic necessities of life.

Most of the Salvation Army’s programs are designed to involve community volunteers and effectively meet community needs. Volunteers from all walks of life strongly support The Salvation Army in almost all of its activities. The time and commitment of volunteers is essential to the success of the organization.

Volunteers are needed daily in Ada in the family store to help sort donations and to place items on the floor to sell. Also, volunteers are needed to help sort canned goods, make food baskets, ring bells at Christmas, and help with the Angel Tree – both packaging and distributing items for families in need.  Donations of time, money and gifts-in-kind are appreciated.

Arvest Bank is proud to hold the kick-off ceremony each year for the Angel Tree and the Red Kettle collection with a reception open to the community in Shawnee. Volunteers also ring bells at the post office to collect funds for the kettle drive.

Visit the Salvation Army of Ada online* to learn more about the organization.
To learn more about 1 Million Meals, visit

You can make a donation through any of the following methods:

  • Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
  • Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
  • Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
  • Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.

Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:

  • “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
  • "Follow" Arvest on Pinterest. If you follow Arvest Bank on Pinterest,* then Arvest will donate $1, which equals five meals, on your behalf.
  • "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: 1 Million Meals, Charitable Giving, Community Support, Oklahoma, Shawnee
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