Salvation Army Spreads Christmas Cheer
(San Bernardino, Calif.) Thanks to the Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino (www.salvationarmyusa.org), more than 2,500 children will have a gift to open this Christmas morning.
The faculty and staff at the Loma Linda School of Allied Health Professions were happy to be able to help with the Giving Tree program. Together they donated more than 100 toys filling the wishes of children in Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace, Colton, and San Bernardino.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., mothers, families, children and businesses from throughout the community recently volunteered to make a difference, by spreading the holiday cheer with their donations and time, which will help 600 families celebrate the season.
Wells Fargo’s Lien Release department adopted a family, buying presents for the children and needed household items including needed pots, pans and cooking utensils for the family.
“We have been at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ for five years now, using the this location as a distribution center and storage facility for the distribution of food and gifts for families in need,” said Maj. Stephen Ball, commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino Corps. “The location has been very convenient in reaching those who need our help the most. They really have embraced what we are doing in the community and are a wonderful partner. They even provide parishioners as volunteers. They have really been a blessing.”
Bringing 100 families in at a time, each family receives a basket of food for a holiday dinner, a gift card from Stater Bros. and a bag of toys for their children, donated through the Salvation Army Giving Tree program.
“We try to make it fun for the families as they come to receive their donation. We have a small worship service and music with holiday songs. Our goal is really to keep things entertaining and uplifting for each family,” said Maj. Ball.
The San Bernardino Corps serves the cities of San Bernardino, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland and Rialto. While busy coordinating volunteers, along with managing more than 600 baskets loaded with food, toys scheduled for distribution to needy families, Maj. Ball points out this undertaking could not be possible without public contributions and red kettle donations which help fund the basket distribution program.
To make a donation or sign up for local assistance call the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps at (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.
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