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    Needy Families Come Together To Give Thanks

    The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and needs people to donate food and time. As these youth have discovered, it is a great opportunity for a family or an organization to work together for the good of their community. Photo by Ricardo Tombac

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) This holiday season the San Bernardino Corps of the Salvation Army plans a Thanksgiving dinner to help the needy families of the Inland Empire.
    The San Bernardino Corps will serve dinner from 11 am to 1 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, at its Corps headquarters building, 746 W. Fifth St.
    “We’re serving a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and pie,” said Capt. Nancy Ball, Corps officer.
    California State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod has donated some of the turkeys. The Inland Empire Job Corps is continuing its annual tradition of donating approximately 300 pies for the event.
    “We still need lots of turkeys and lots of side dishes,” said Roosevelt Carroll, director of the Hospitality House and coordinator of the Thanksgiving dinner. “Whatever people have on their heart to donate, we need.”
    The Salvation Army encourages donation of turkey or ham, side dishes and other food by calling (909) 888-1336 to make arrangements in advance, or to volunteer to help serve the Thanksgiving dinner.
    The annual Thanksgiving meal brings in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves a Thanksgiving dinner. People come from all parts of the Inland Empire for the celebrations. The San Bernardino event has served close to 500.
    The hungry families are joined by dozens of volunteers for the day who help prepare the food and serve meals to the families. An estimated 125 volunteers helped the San Bernardino Corps in 2009.
    “Thanksgiving should be a special day for everyone, not just for those who can afford it,” says Capt. Ball.
    Other Salvation Army Corps in the Inland Empire are also planning Thanksgiving dinners, although many of these will take place the day before Thanksgiving. To receive information about the dates and times for the dinners at other corps, or to volunteer please call 1800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769.

    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.
    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 <http://www.salvationarmyusa.org> or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.
    For local help, please call (909) 888-1336.


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