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Oklahoma-based Paycom raises more than $56,000 for Salvation Army to bring Christmas to those in need

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Left to right: Captain Carlyle Gargis of The Salvation Army, Jason Bodin (Paycom’s Public Relations Manager), Jeanean South (Director of Development), Stacey Pezold (Paycom’s Executive Vice President of Operations)

OKLAHOMA CITY – A quickly growing Oklahoma-based company brought Christmas early to the Salvation Army Monday.

Paycom and its employees have raised more than $56,000 for the Salvation Army and presented them with the large donation.

This year’s total surpassed last year’s gift of $31,937, which helped the nonprofit reach its 2012 kettle campaign goal as part of its continuing efforts to help those in need, both during the holiday season and beyond.

“This gift today from Paycom means life-sustaining opportunity for many families,” Salvation Army Captain Carlyle Gargis said. “Each and every night we have families come and see us at The Salvation Army who find themselves without a place to stay and many times they have lost hope but The Salvation Army is there to provide help, hope and home for them. That is what Paycom and this gift is about today; providing help, hope and home to those needy Oklahomans.”

Paycom’s 2013 gift was the largest employee-and-company-combined donation The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma has received this year and ranks as the largest kettle campaign donation in its history.

In addition to their generous contribution, employees helped make Christmas possible for 50 Oklahoma children through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.

Paycom employees supplied gifts and monetary contributions to families statewide with children up to 14 years of age.

All of this was in addition to Paycom’s inaugural HoliDazzle event earlier this month at Remington Park.

The coat drive benefited KFOR’s annual Brad Edwards Warmth 4 Winter campaign.

In total, the event resulted in the donation of more than 300 new or gently used coats for the Salvation Army to help those without this winter.