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11.03.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on Ring the Bells – Volunteers Needed for A Happy Christmas

Ring the Bells – Volunteers Needed for A Happy Christmas

 

 (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – On Friday November 18, The Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino begins its annual “Red Kettle” Bell Ringing Campaign.  Bell Ringers at the familiar Red Kettles seek donations from local residents to help local families in need during this holiday season.

“Our goal is to raise $150,000 this year to help families have a Happy Christmas and to house the homeless, feed the hungry, and provide hope to the hopeless.  This is our major fundraiser for the year.  Last year we raised about $100,000 during the holiday season,” said Major Daniel Henderson.

“We are looking for volunteers to Ring the Bells and raise money for The Salvation Army to help the needy this holiday season,” said Major Henderson.  “When volunteers ‘Ring the Bells’ it increases the amount of money The Salvation Army has to help people in need.”

The Salvation Army is inviting local colleges, universities, social clubs, service groups, elected officials, singers, bands, local actors, clubs and companies to Ring the Bells at local retail stores.  People are signing up to help.

President Tomas Morales of California State University, San Bernardino and President Matthew Madrid of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire are asking their students, staff and faculty to join the effort to Ring the Bells and help our local people in need.

 

“Assemblymember Cheryl Brown along with San Bernardino City Councilmember John Valdivia are the first elected officials who have volunteered to Ring the Bells this holiday season,” said Major Henderson.  Stater Bros. Markets, Under Armour and Target are also providing volunteers.

Festively-dressed volunteers ringing bells will be deployed to retail outlets in San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Highland, Colton, Rialto and Bloomington.  “Some sing, some dance, some play instruments and some just use their wonderful smiles and the familiar silver bells to attract donations,” said Major Henderson.

The tradition of The Salvation Army “Kettle” during the Christmas Holidays was started in 1891 in San Francisco, by Captain Joseph McFee, in an effort to collect enough money to provide a free Christmas dinner to the poor. Now the tradition has spread worldwide. It has been in San Bernardino since its early years.

Steve Pinckney has volunteered his time ringing the bells as part of his ministry work with the Salvation Army Corps. Steve is graduate of the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center and is participants in the Salvation Army Corps's Path-To-Prosperity program

Steve Pinckney has volunteered his time to Ring the Bells as part of his ministry work with the Salvation Army Corps. Steve is graduate of the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center and a past participants in the Salvation Army Corps’s Path-To-Prosperity program.

Donations collected during the Christmas kettle campaign in San Bernardino are used to provide food baskets and other essential during the Christmas season.  Donations are also used by The Salvation Army throughout the year to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; children’s afterschool and summer camp programs, assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available.

The Salvation Army volunteers will Ring the Bells at local locations including: Stater Bros. Markets, Walmart, Inland Center Mall, JC Penneys, Walgreens, Macy’s, Sam’s Club, CVS Pharmacy, Big Lots! and Ralphs.

The Salvation Army also needs donations of toys for children’s Christmas gifts, along with turkeys, hams, stuffing, canned goods, vegetables, pies, cakes and other food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and food baskets.

“We always need food donations,” said Major Henderson.  “We serve meals to about 300 people a day at our Homeless Shelter, Transitional Living Center, Path to Prosperity Program and free meals every day at 4:45, so food goes fast.  We also need donations for our annual free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, served every year since 1887.”

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner at  The Salvation Army: Serving on the food line (left to right) is Nancy Veaegas, Niyahn Summey, Walt Summey, and Robert Sanchez.  We are ready for Christmas Dinners.

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner at The Salvation Army: Serving on the food line (left to right) is Nancy Veaegas, Niyahn Summey, Walt Summey, and Robert Sanchez. We are ready for Christmas Dinners.

To volunteer, or if companies who want to donate the staffing of a location to Ring the Bells and help the needy this holiday season, call Lt. Cathie McCulley at The San Bernardino Salvation Army at (909) 888-1336.

 

About The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

 

Roslyn Billings (Salvation Army Advisory Board member)  and family volunteer as a Salvation Army bellringer! If your family, organization or business can supply enough people to ring bells at one of the San Bernardino Corps Red Kettle locations for an entire day, please volunteer by calling (909) 888-1336.

Roslyn Billings (Salvation Army Advisory Board member) and family volunteer Ring the Bells as a Salvation Army bellringer! If your family, organization or business can ring the bells at one of the San Bernardino Corps Red Kettle locations for an entire day, please volunteer by calling Lt. Cathie at (909) 888-1336.

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07.25.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on Salvation Army: Resources Needed to Aid Families in Transition

Salvation Army: Resources Needed to Aid Families in Transition

 

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY or (909) 888-1336.

Volunteers help serve 52,504 free, hot, nutritious meals were served to the hungry from The Salvation Army in San Bernardino. Now the corps needs help to fund services.

San Bernardino, Calif. – The Inland Empire branch of the Salvation Army today issued an urgent appeal to the community for resources to provide support to area families in need. The San Bernardino Citadel Corps, which serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto and San Bernardino, is reporting a financial deficit of $45,000 (now $90,000), citing a shift in contributions following the December 2 terrorist attack.

The public is encouraged to donate money, food, and goods and services to help replenish Salvation Army coffers, and to consider including the Salvation Army in their charitable giving and estate plans. Contributions can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

“The Salvation Army is proud to have been a part of the community outpouring of support to the victims and families affected by the December 2 tragedy,” said Anne Metu, program director for the organization’s Transitional Living Center. “Now, we are asking the community to help us rebuild our resources so that we can continue providing assistance to families with urgent needs for food, shelter and child care.”

Metu cited an example of a family—a mother and her six children, ages 3 to 13—who relied on the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Program when evicted from their home: “Mona” and the children’s father had separated and she did not have sufficient income to house, feed and clothe the family.

After a short stay in the shelter, she found employment and was accepted into transitional housing, but soon lost her job when she could not find childcare during the children’s Spring Break from school. With support from the staff and residents at the Transitional Living Program, Mona was able to return to work and was soon reunited with the children’s father.

Mona and her husband now live in affordable housing as a family unit and the children continue to participate in Salvation Army youth programs, mentoring other children who are faced with similar life circumstances.

Since 1887, the San Bernardino Corps has helped residents of the San Bernardino area overcome life’s challenges. Its current service area is San Bernardino, Highland, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace and Rialto.

Donations may always be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.

For help or for more information call Ms. Anne Metu, Program Director at the Transitional Living Center, (909) 888-4880 or anne.metu@usw.salvationarmy.org or visit the Website at: www.salvationarmyusa.org

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest, and most effective, charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination.

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06.23.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on Time for Summer Cleaning – Send Unwanted Items to the Salvation Army

Time for Summer Cleaning – Send Unwanted Items to the Salvation Army

 The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of San Bernardino always seeks donations of clothes and other household items, both large and small, to supply its seven Family Stores. Money raised by sale of household items at the Family Stores, and of cars and other vehicles at its warehouse, fund the Adult Rehabilitation Center’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. To donate, call 1-800 SATRUCK. Photo by Chris Sloan

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of San Bernardino always seeks donations of clothes and other household items, both large and small, to supply its seven Family Stores. Money raised by sale of household items at the Family Stores, and of cars and other vehicles at its warehouse, fund the Adult Rehabilitation Center’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. To donate, call 1-800 SATRUCK. Photo by Chris Sloan

 

Patricia Luna, warehouse supervisor, prices clothing donated to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Adult Rehabilitation Center seeks donations of all household items for its seven Family Stores, proceeds of which fund the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Photo by Chris Sloan

Patricia Luna, warehouse supervisor, prices clothing donated to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Adult Rehabilitation Center seeks donations of all household items for its seven Family Stores, proceeds of which fund the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Photo by Chris Sloan

 (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Summer has arrived, which means it’s time for summer clean up ! Get rid of unwanted appliances, furniture, clothes and other items easily by calling 1-800 SATRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to arrange for The Salvation Army to pick them up. Or visit our website at www.satruck.org .

What’s no longer useful to you may be just what a thrift store bargain-shopper falls in love with, or may be exactly what a family needs but can’t afford to buy in a department store.

“No matter who buys them, donations to the local Salvation Army Family Stores, purveyors of fine used goods, will use the money to help men to overcome drug or alcohol addiction,” said Lt. Regina Verdugo, administrator.

“We need donations of every kind,” said Jack Katzman, member of San Bernardino’s Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Board. “We receive no other funds, and these days, donations are at an all-time low.”

“You can donate cars, trucks, boats, clothing, toys, furniture, appliances and even property,” said Katzman.

The Salvation Army will send a truck to pick up donations from most addresses. The donations can be small or large, as long as they fit into huge the delivery trucks.

Donors also can bring small items to any of The Salvation Army’s Family Stores, or larger items, such as cars, to the Adult Rehabilitation Center warehouse, which has a location in San Bernardino at 363 S. Doolittle Road.

San Bernardino’s Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center operates five Family Stores, in San Bernardino, Fontana, Redlands, Hesperia and Victorville.

The Family Stores raise almost all of the program’s revenue and teach the rehabilitation center’s residents new job skills, thus helping them become more productive members of society after they complete the program. The beneficiaries learn the value of working hard, cooperating with others and having goals.

Men in San Bernardino County or Pomona Valley who are seeking help to overcome drug or alcohol addiction should call the Adult Rehabilitation Center in San Bernardino at (909) 889-9605. The Salvation Army offers a similar program for men in Riverside County; for more information about that program, call (951) 940-5790.

Women who want help ending drug or alcohol addiction can call Adult Rehabilitation Centers for them by calling the center in Anaheim at (714) 758-0414, or the center in San Diego at (619) 239-4037.

About the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

The Adult Rehabilitation Center is a six-month social model program, which combines a comprehensive rehabilitation program and work therapy for men who wish to overcome drug or alcohol addiction. These men attend individual and group counseling, substance abuse education, 12-Step meetings, and learn about stress management, anger management, parenting and overcoming addiction, as well as spiritual counseling. Re-entry and alumni supports services are also provided. Many recreational activities are also provided, which alumni can continue after their treatment as part of a sober lifestyle.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. To donate, call 1-800 SATRUCK.

 

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06.13.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on Practicing For Disaster – The Salvation Army SATERN Field Day

Practicing For Disaster – The Salvation Army SATERN Field Day

Paul Bennet practices emergency communications at a previous SATERN field day. During the event Ham Radio operators practice to provide the Inland Empire with communications during a disaster.

Paul Bennet practices emergency communications at a previous SATERN field day. During the event Ham Radio operators practice to provide the Inland Empire with communications during a disaster.

Yucaipa, Calf. – The Salvation Army Emergency Service Satern Amateur Radio Network Field Day will be June 25-26, beginning at 11 am Saturday and running through 11am. Sunday, at Yucaipa Community Park located at 34900 Oak Glen Road Yucaipa, CA 92399.

The event is sponsored by the Salvation Army Emergency Service of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Experienced local amateur radio operators will be at the event to mentor and provide instruction on radio operation in a disaster. Various amateur radio project demonstrations and displays will also be available.

“Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups, or simply with friends to operate from remote locations,” said Major Daniel Henderson.

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, and part public relations event. The goal is to put together a self-sufficient, working radio stations, quickly and begin making as many contacts as possible in a 24-hour period. The operators simulate emergency conditions, operating portable equipment on emergency power with temporary antennas.

Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it has grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology.

Ham radio members range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are individuals who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where individuals can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.

Amateur radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur radio people are well known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

The Salvation Army Emergency Service has been effective in establishing emergency communications nets during floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and other major disasters.  It’s a way to communicate in an emergency, even with a loss of electricity or cellphone service.

Whether you are a licensed amateur radio operator or just interested in learning more about amateur radio, come and visit the Salvation Army Satern field operation for ARRL Field Day on June 25 and 26. There is no charge to attend.

For more information call Contact: Jan Pettit, Field Day Chairman at (951) 487-8118.

 

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army provides emergency services including food, lodging for homeless or displaced families, and single women; clothing and furniture; and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

 

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

 

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04.15.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on Practicing For Disaster – SATERN Field Day

Practicing For Disaster – SATERN Field Day

Paul Bennet practices emergency communications at a previous SATERN field day. During the event Ham Radio operators practice to provide the Inland Empire with communications during a disaster.

Paul Bennet practices emergency communications at a previous SATERN field day. During the event Ham Radio operators practice to provide the Inland Empire with communications during a disaster.

Yucaipa, Calf. – The Salvation Army Emergency Service Satern Amateur Radio Network Field Day will be June 25-26, beginning at 11 am Saturday and running through 11am. Sunday, at Yucaipa Community Park located at 34900 Oak Glen Road Yucaipa, CA 92399.

The event is sponsored by the Salvation Army Emergency Service of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Experienced local amateur radio operators will be at the event to mentor and provide instruction on radio operation in a disaster. Various amateur radio project demonstrations and displays will also be available.

“Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups, or simply with friends to operate from remote locations,” said Major Daniel Henderson.

Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, and part public relations event. The goal is to put together a self-sufficient, working radio stations. quickly and begin making as many contacts as possible in a 24-hour period. The operators simulate emergency conditions, operating portable equipment on emergency power with temporary antennas.

Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it has grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology.

Ham radio members range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are individuals who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where individuals can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.

Amateur radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur radio people are well known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

The Salvation Army Emergency Service has been effective in establishing emergency communications nets during floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and other major disasters.  It’s a way to communicate in an emergency, even with a loss of electricity or cellphone service.

Whether you are a licensed amateur radio operator or just interested in learning more about amateur radio, come and visit the Salvation Army Satern field operation for ARRL Field Day on June 25 and 26. There is no charge to attend.

For more information on how to find a wood floor refinishing new york company call Contact: Jan Pettit, Field Day Chairman at (951) 487-8118.

 

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army provides emergency services including food, lodging for homeless or displaced families, and single women; clothing and furniture; and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

 

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

 

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03.24.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on The Salvation Army Holds Easter Sunrise Service

The Salvation Army Holds Easter Sunrise Service

Major Dan and Captain Anya Henderson welcome you to Easter Sunrise Service.

Major Dan and Captain Anya Henderson welcome you to Easter Sunrise Service.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino invites the public to attend its Easter Sunrise services at its new location at 2626 Pacific Avenue, 92346, at 6:30 a.m.

“We are excited to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at our new location in eastern San Bernardino,” said Major Daniel Henderson pastor and director of the local corps.

There is lots of free parking available on the four-and-a-half-acre campus.

For more information call (909) 888-1336.

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army provides emergency services including food, lodging for homeless or displaced families, and single women; clothing and furniture; and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

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03.24.2016 The Salvation Army Comments Off on The Salvation Army San Bernardino Expands in San Bernardino

The Salvation Army San Bernardino Expands in San Bernardino

(San Bernardino, Calif.) The Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino has moved from its downtown location on Fifth Street to its new location at 2626 Pacific Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92346. The new location is just down the street from Pacific High School and next door to the San Bernardino City soccer fields.

The move happened almost a year ago in early May, however the Salvation Army continues to serve meals at the Fifth Street location at 4:45 p.m. every day. “Because of our meals service has not stopped, some people don’t know we moved,” said Major Henderson.

Last year The Salvation Army served 89,282 meals to the hungry, much of that at the Fifth street location. The Salvation Army supports those in need without discrimination.

“The plan is to move daily meal service to our Hospitality House, located on 10th street, after necessary remodeling and expansion is completed. The Hospitality House and Transitional Living Center move families and single women from homelessness to permanent housing in as few as 18 months. People leaving our program are equipped to live life successfully,” said Major Henderson

“The Transitional Living Center is a successful program with 94 percent of families completing the program to exit to permanent housing,” said Anne Metu, MILR, CADC-II director of the Transitional Housing Center and Homeless Shelter.

“It is important for those in need, and the people that help them, to know our offices have moved to the new location,” said Major Henderson.

“The Salvation Army serves people in need of help providing food, lodging for homeless or displaced families and single women; clothing and furniture; and transportation when funds are available. Our new 10,000 square foot facilities gives us more room for children’s after school programs, church services, character building programs for youth, and other needed services.”

Since 1887, the San Bernardino Corps has helped residents of the San Bernardino area overcome life’s challenges. Its current service area is San Bernardino, Highland, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace and Rialto.

Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. For help or for more information call (909) 888-1336.

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination

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12.21.2015 The Salvation Army Comments Off on The Salvation Army Distributes 1,400 Toys

The Salvation Army Distributes 1,400 Toys

"The Salvation Army and a group of more than 20 community volunteers handed out food and toys to 455 families with about 1,400 children on Thursday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 18. The crew helping with this distribution included (front row), Lorena Montero, Lt. Kathleen Griffiths (assistant corps officer), Sara Lopez, Alfredo Lemus, Jeremiah Hamilton, Mara Koebel, Monica Ramos, Maria Otero, Michelle Osborn, Dulce Gonzalez, Jay Matthew (back row), Trevor Bierns, Monica Ayala, Emanuel Cribley, Jose Mota, Vince Estebeme, Jacqueline Cortes, Jennifer Quiroga, Maricruz Tafoya, Michelle Rosales, and Rosalinda Soto.

“The Salvation Army and a group of more than 20 community volunteers handed out food and toys to 455 families with about 1,400 children on Thursday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 18. The crew helping with this distribution included (front row), Lorena Montero, Lt. Kathleen Griffiths (assistant corps officer), Sara Lopez, Alfredo Lemus, Jeremiah Hamilton, Mara Koebel, Monica Ramos, Maria Otero, Michelle Osborn, Dulce Gonzalez, Jay Matthew (back row), Trevor Bierns, Monica Ayala, Emanuel Cribley, Jose Mota, Vince Estebeme, Jacqueline Cortes, Jennifer Quiroga, Maricruz Tafoya, Michelle Rosales, and Rosalinda Soto.

 

(SAN BERNARDINO, CA) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corp (www.salvationarmyusa.org) of San Bernardino blessed 455 families this week with holiday gifts.

Thursday, Dec 17 and Friday, Dec. 18, The Salvation Army and community volunteers handed out food boxes, Stater Bros. gift certificates and toys to 455 families who otherwise would not have had a great Christmas. The families include about 1,400 children.

This was really a community-wide effort, noted Lt. Kathleen Griffiths, assistant corps officer, as she assisted a team of more than 20 volunteers in distributing the gifts.

“We care a great deal about the people of San Bernardino and nearby communities,” Lt. Griffiths said. “So we ask the community what they can give, and what the community gives we give to those who are in need.”

At the same time, corps officers Maj. Daniel Henderson and Capt. Anya Henderson told the Christmas story to hundreds of people in the families who were blessed.

Lt. Griffiths noted the Salvation Army uses a screening process to determine those who will benefit from the gift distribution. Those who know they will need help during the holiday season apply in October and November, and as many as the Salvation Army can accommodate are selected in late November. In 2015 nearly all of those who asked for assistance received it.

The Salvation Army is still accepting gifts for specific children at the Giving Tree at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino.  Food donations are also needed for more food baskets and for the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.

The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps has distributed holiday gifts to those in need for longer than almost anyone can remember, starting before it moved to its former location on Fifth Street in 1950. It has been helping people in San Bernardino since first opening the San Bernardino Corps in 1887.

 

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

 

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

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12.18.2015 The Salvation Army Comments Off on One Small Gift Gives Hope To Many Children

One Small Gift Gives Hope To Many Children

Toys for Distribution to needy children.

Toys for Distribution to needy children.

 

(SAN BERNARDINO, CA) It might seem like a very small gesture, but participating in The Salvation Army’s Giving Tree will make this season memorable for children in need.

 

“Just pick up a Angel Giving Tree tag and buy a needy child the gift listed on the tag! The Angel Giving Tree matches donors with hundreds of children who are relying on The Salvation Army this year to bring them a Merry Christmas,” said Major Daniel Henderson, Corps officer for the San Bernardino Salvation Army.

 

The San Bernardino Corps already has plans to set up two Angel Giving Trees this year, one at Inland Center Mall, and the other at the Wal-Mart store on Hallmark Parkway. Donations received here help The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps provide toys to children from 600 disadvantaged families in San Bernardino, Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace, Colton, Fontana and Bloomington.

 

“You can support our Giving Tree by visiting our table in the Inland Center Mall from Friday, November 27th to December 24th,” said Major Henderson.

 

Shoppers wishing to participate in the Giving Tree will find cards attached to the Giving Tree. These cards include the names and wish lists of needy children whose families cannot afford to buy gifts. Shoppers simply pluck a tag off the Giving Tree and head for the appropriate store to purchase their gift donations. Shoppers keep the card as an ornament to hang on their own Christmas tree, reminding them of their good deed.

 

“This is a great way to start a tradition with your own family, by selecting a gift for a needy child together. The gifts are based on their individual wishes and for some children, it may be the only gift they receive all year,” said Major Henderson.

 

 

“Soccer balls, dolls and clothes are just a few items on each child’s wish list,” said Major Henderson. “Shoppers who participate in the program are encouraged to shop for more than what is needed on the list. I can’t think of a better way for local people including business owners and managers to help the community and spread the spirit of Christmas.”

 

The Salvation Army is looking for other business owners and managers who would like to have a tree at their place of business for employees and/or customers.

 

To host a Giving Tree in San Bernardino, Colton, Grand Terrace, Rialto, Bloomington, Muscoy or Highland, call (909) 888-1336.

 

The Salvation Army Corps in other areas of the Inland Empire also collect toys. Some will have trees, while others will accept donations at their Corps headquarters.

 

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

 

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

 

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12.16.2015 The Salvation Army Comments Off on The Salvation Army Celebrates Christmas

The Salvation Army Celebrates Christmas

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner at The Salvation Army: Serving on the food line (left to right) is Nancy Veaegas, Niyahn Summey, Walt Summey, and Robert Sanchez. We are ready for Christmas Dinners.

Volunteers serve Thanksgiving Dinner at The Salvation Army: Serving on the food line (left to right) is Nancy Veaegas, Niyahn Summey, Walt Summey, and Robert Sanchez. We are ready for Christmas Dinners.

 

(SAN BERNARDINO, CA) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corp (www.salvationarmyusa.org) invites everyone to join them at two events to celebrate Christmas.

 

The first of these is a Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Then it will serve a Christmas Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day.

 

Both events will take place at the San Bernardino Corps’ new location, 2626 Pacific Avenue in San Bernardino.

 

“We love San Bernardino and The Salvation Army has served its people since first opening the San Bernardino Citadel Corps in 1887,” Major Daniel Henderson. “Just as much today as ever, Jesus Christ loves them. In the Christmas story, we will explain how Christ showed his love by coming to live among us more than 2,000 years ago.”

 

The Christmas Eve Service and Christmas Dinner follow a busy season of charitable activity for the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps.

 

Even before Thanksgiving, it began its annual “Red Kettle” campaign, during which bell ringers were stationed throughout San Bernardino, Highland, Fontana, Rialto, Colton and Bloomington. These bell-ringers collected cash donations to help with The Salvation Army’s holiday and year-round programs.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, the San Bernardino Corps, and many other Corps in the Inland Empire hosted Thanksgiving dinners. The San Bernardino Corps has served as many as 800 people in years past.

 

The day after Thanksgiving, the San Bernardino Corps of the Salvation Army set up “Angel Giving Trees” at Inland Center Mall and at the San Bernardino Wal-Mart, with the Christmas wishes of needy children. Other Corps also were collecting toys for children in their areas, either with their own holiday “Angel Giving Trees” at local shopping centers, or by accepting donations at the Corps offices.

 

The week before Christmas, volunteers will assemble holiday gift baskets and present them to selected needy families. The gift baskets will include non-perishable food, and gift certificates they can use at local grocery stores. The families with children will also receive toys at this distribution.

 

Other Salvation Army Corps in the Inland Empire also have plans for Christmas and New Year’s.

 

The Hemet Corps, located at 340 S. Palm Ave. in Hemet, will celebrate the season with a Christmas play during its regular service, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. It will serve a Christmas dinner to Hemet area homeless people, 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

 

Hemet Corps also is planning a candlelight Christmas eve 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, it will host a New Year’s Eve party for all ages from 8 p.m. to midnight.

 

The Redlands Corps, 838 Alta. St, will host a Christmas Eve Dinner for “anyone and everyone” on Thursday, Dec. 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps

The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

 

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

 

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