If you’re in central Oklahoma between now and Christmas, you’ll soon start noticing commercials and billboards featuring two familiar icons: the Salvation Army red kettle, and Rumble the Bison.
It’s a holiday duo that’s hard to resist.
This year, instead of naming a chairman or -woman for their holiday campaign, the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma picked a “chairbison” to help encourage Oklahomans to give generously in the coming months.
Nobody can dispute that Rumble looks pretty good in a Santa hat. Nor can anyone debate the fact that the Salvation Army always strives to follow their motto, “Doing the Most Good.”
In OKC, the Salvation Army does a lot of the things that the international organization is known for – collecting material donations such as clothes and furniture, providing assistance programs for seniors, giving food and shelter to those in need, offering disaster relief … and on and on.
But you may not know that they also provide services such as running a Boys & Girls Club, providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation … and, well, that list goes on and on, too.
Rumble is helping remind Oklahomans of the Salvation Army’s two major holiday initiatives, the Red Kettle campaign and the Angel Tree program. One helps fund the year-round initiatives that lend support to more than 120,000 Oklahomans each year. The other makes sure thousands of children and seniors in the area will have a gift – and a smile – this Christmas.
The bells will soon be ringing and the angel trees will soon be decked, so you can strive to “do the most good” in our community by supporting the Salvation Army.
And if you won’t listen to me, at least listen to Rumble.
- Karina Henderson