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    Apartment Fire Victims Get Help From Salvation Army

    One way the Salvation Army helps those in need is by helping them to acquire new clothes. It recently did this for victims of an apartment complex fire in San Bernardino. Photo by Chris Sloan

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) As 26 families begin to rebuild their lives after a fire destroyed their homes, the Salvation Army is there to help.
    The fire, in the Garden Breeze Apartments near Mill Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino, broke out in the wee hours of the morning Feb. 20. It caused $1.3 million damage, gutting 26 apartments.
    Since then, many of those families have lived in motels, paid for by the American Red Cross and the City of San Bernardino. Other relief organizations such as the Salvation Army are also helping. Many of the displaced tenants lost nearly everything they owned in the fire, and do not have renter’s insurance to replace the items.
    “We have given clothing to about 15 families that were displaced by the fire,” said Corps Officer Capt. Stephen Ball. “We are waiting to see if they will need additional help when, over the next few weeks, they transition from local area motels where they were given temporary lodging.”
    “We can help them obtain furniture for their new homes,” Capt. Ball continued. “We have also offered to make space available at our Hospitality House Emergency Family Shelter to further assist families who need additional time to secure a new home.”
    For help or more information 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.


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