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    Salvation Army Serves Christmas Eve Dinner

    Proving that you are not too young to make a difference, Rae Ann Ortiz volunteers to serve holiday meals at the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corp. Photo by Ricardo Tomboc

    Community volunteers assist the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corp prepare food for their annual Christmas dinner. Photo by Ricardo Tomboc

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corp (www.salvationarmyusa.org) will host its annual Christmas Eve Dinner for hundreds of needy families at their Center for Worship and Service, located at 746 W. Fifth Street in San Bernardino. The Christmas meal will be served between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The Salvation Army annually provides holiday meals to families and individuals in need. In 2010, more than 300 individuals were served. They are anticipating serving food for another 300 individuals again this year, guests will enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, consisting of potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, pie and other food received through donations.
    “Every year, the community and volunteers come together to provide the food preparation and service of holiday meals to dinner guests,” said Maj. Stephen Ball commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino Corp. “Our volunteers really do an outstanding job, helping to make such a difference for those who are less fortunate during the holiday season, as well as throughout the year.”
    This year, the holiday dinner will be held on Saturday, December 24, which is Christmas Eve.
    “We traditionally provide meals on Christmas Day. However, since Christmas is on a Sunday this year, we will adjust things slightly and offer our dinner to the community on Christmas Eve,” said Maj. Ball.
    Many of the services provided by the Salvation Army, such as this annual Community Christmas Dinner, are made possible through in-kind donations and money raised through the Red Kettle Bell Ringer campaign.  Each Thanksgiving, Christmas and in some cases Easter, Inland Empire Salvation Army Corps combine to serve more than 1,000 people holiday meals.
    The Salvation Army provides hundreds of families with free community dinners Sunday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. and provides shelter for the homeless individuals and families for up to 90 days.  For more information call (909) 888-1336.

    About the Salvations 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 San Bernardino Corps serves: Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto and San Bernardino.
    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, please call (909) 888-1336.


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