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    Assembly Member Carter Aids Salvation Army Fundraiser

    Wilmer Amina Carter is the keynote speaker for a fundraising luncheon The Salvation Army will hold Thursday, October 7 at its headquarters, 746 W. Fifth St.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Representing the state’s 62nd Assembly District, Wilmer Amina Carter will take time from her busy Sacramento schedule October 7 to address attendees of “Dreams Happen,” the annual fund-raising event of the Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino.

    “I am pleased to partner with the Salvation Army Corps, San Bernardino,” says Assembly Member Carter from her Sacramento office. “It continues providing services that take families off the street and provides food and shelter. Those remarkable efforts have continued in San Bernardino for 123 years – since 1887!” This was merely a dozen years after the international organization was founded in London.
    Says Salvation Army Capt. Stephen Ball, “This is one of the top ways for us to raise money each year.” The Army relies almost entirely on public donations to support its vast and important community service, which is why it is requesting donations of $1,000 or more from attendees.
    Each day the Army helps more than 200 needy people, providing food, clothing, showers and laundry among numerous other services. Additionally, the Corps Headquarters at 746 W. Fifth Street serves as the operations center in times of serious community emergencies.
    As if that weren’t helpful enough, San Bernardino’s Salvation Army Corps provides a shelter for up to 75 homeless people each day in their 925 W. Tenth Street building.
    And for more than a century the Red Kettle Drive from mid November through December 24th has become as familiar as Santa himself during the holidays. Every dollar the colorful bellringers collect during the popular drive stays within the local communities. Volunteers as bellringers are always welcome by calling (909) 888-1336.
    Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, the honored speaker at the fundraising luncheon, is particularly impressed by the Army’s importance to children. “As a former 16-year school board member, I am especially supportive of the Salvation Army’s outreach to children,” she explains. “Not only do they provide nutritious, hot meals – preventing many health consequences from hunger and poverty – but they minister to the minds and souls of our youth.
    “As a legislator,” Carter adds, “my focus is on providing affordable health care, access to education and training in job skills. I direct my efforts to initiatives that promote healthy, livable communities. I work with nonprofits and community organizations because these are the people on the front lines – like the Salvation Army – already successfully delivering services to our community.”
    The fundraiser, “Dreams Happen,” begins with a reception at 11:30 Thursday, October 7th at Army headquarters, 746 W. Fifth Street in San Bernardino. A catered lunch will be served at noon. Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to Capt. Nancy Ball by calling (909) 888-1336 or by e-mailing nancy.ball@usw.salvationarmy.org.
    About the Salvation Army Corps, San Bernardino
    The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food, lodging for homeless or displaced families, assistance with rent, mortgage or transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
    The Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and 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 on line at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling (800) SAL-ARMY.


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