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    Car Wash Sends Youth to Salvation Army Retreat

    Pine Summit Retreat in Big Bear Lake is in a beautiful forest location, not far from San Bernardino, but far enough that many of the youth served by the Salvation Army have never been there. They will have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Pine Summit when they attend the Salvation Army’s division retreat April 8-10, but first will raise money for the retreat by holding a car wash on Saturday, March 26 at the Corps Headquarters.

    Like these recent guests to Pine Summit Retreat in Big Bear Lake, youth from the Salvation Army will enjoy a time of fellowship when they attend their division retreat there from April 8-10. The Salvation Army youth will hold a car wash on Saturday, March 26 at the Corps Headquarters, 746 W. Fifth St. ,to raise money for the retreat.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps youth will hold a car wash Saturday, March 26 at the Corps Headquarters, 746 W. Fifth St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Money raised from the car wash will help sponsor youth attending a spring retreat at Pine Summit in Big Bear Lake, April 8-10.
    “We will send 15 to 20 youth to our division’s retreat,” said Kelly Raabe, the Young People’s Sergeant Major for the San Bernardino Corps.
    “The retreat is an opportunity for our young people ages 14 and up, to get out of San Bernardino and to visit the beautiful mountains that they have seen their whole lives from afar but never had the chance to experience first hand,” Raabe said. “We need help to send these kids on an adventure of a lifetime.”
    Free time activities at the retreat include a rock wall, ropes course, bungee run, paintball and tubing if there is snow.
    The Salvation Army will accept a donation of any amount for the car wash.
    Raabe hopes the car wash will raise about $2,000, which will pay for most of the cost of the retreat. Each Corps must pay $125 per young person attending.
    “We are asking our youth to pay $20 each,” she said. “Some of them don’t even have that.”
    The Salvation Army also will accept mail-in donations from those who can’t take part in the car wash, but still want to help send youth to the retreat. To make a contribution, mail donations to the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps Headquarters, 746. W Fifth St., San Bernardino, CA 92410.
    If the car wash fundraiser and other donations specifically for the retreat aren’t enough to pay the expense of each youth who wishes to attend, the Salvation Army will use its general fund to cover the difference. However, with larger fundraisers held in 2010 barely meeting their goals, the Salvation Army’s general fund budget is tight this year.
    For more information about how you can help, call (909) 888-1336.
    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 or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.
    For local help, call (909) 888-1336.


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