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    Christmas Comes Early

    Crossroads Rotary will present Christmas in October on Oct. 31 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Bernardino Corps of the Salvation Army. They will give away 1,000 pairs of free shoes, toys and a meal. File photo courtesy of Dameron Communications.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) San Bernardino’s Crossroads Rotary has teamed with the local Salvation Army and Loma Linda Medical Center to bring some Christmas spirit and plenty of goodies to Inland Empire’s disadvantaged youth and their families.
    “The Jubilee Committee and Family Services,” notes Rotary event chairman and Jubilee Chief Executive Officer Kirk Dunbar, “as a recent part of Rotary, has come up with 1,000 pairs of free shoes for our expected huge turnout. This will be our second year doing this, but our first partnering with the San Bernardino Salvation Army. We certainly hope this project will become an annual team effort.”
    Dunbar estimates more than a thousand people will attend the October event, appropriately titled “Christmas in October.” He adds, “There will be all those shoes for kids ages 5-19, of course, but we’ll also have clothes along with toys and a huge free meal.”
    The Christmas in October Festival will actually be the 31st of the month, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s 5th Street facility.
    There will be even more. “We’ll have doctors and chiropractors available, too,” Dunbar says. “Loma Linda is sending the medical staff who will provide free checkups as well as referrals to needed specialists.”
    According to Dunbar, “San Bernardino County is one of the hardest hit areas in California with a disproportionate rate of unemployment, and thousands of youth are having severe economic hardship.”
    “We will all help to ease that hardship going into the Christmas season,” Dunbar adds. “Some of our friends and neighbors are having a particularly tough time, through no fault of their own, and we want to do everything we can to give them a well-deserved hand.”
    The Salvation Army Corps’ office is at 746 W. Fifth Street in San Bernardino. Call (909) 888-1336 for more information, or for help.
    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 Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires. For help, call (909) 888-1336.
    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.


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