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    Salvation Army Serves Christmas 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

    For more Information call
    Carl Dameron @ (909) 534-9500

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corp (www.salvationarmyusa.org) will host its annual Christmas Dinner for hundreds of needy families at its headquarters, located at 746 W. Fifth Street in San Bernardino. This year, the Christmas dinner will be held on Tuesday, December 25th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    For 125 years, the annual San Bernardino Salvation Army Christmas dinner brings in hundreds of families, single mothers with children and people who do not have the means to provide themselves a Christmas dinner or seek fellowship with others.
    People come from throughout the Inland Valley for this Christmas dinner, which often serves more than 300 people each year. 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 Major Steve Ball, Commander of The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corp. “Our volunteers really do an outstanding job, helping to make a difference for those who are less fortunate during the holiday season, as well as throughout the year.”
    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 Christmas, Inland Empire Salvation Army Corps combine to serve more than 1,000 people holiday meals.
    The hungry families are joined by hundreds of volunteers who help prepare the food and serve meals to the families.  Along with asking volunteers to help serve food, the Salvation Army is encouraging people to donate turkeys or hams, side dishes and other food by calling (909) 888-1336.
    “The San Bernardino Corps also needs food every day for those at our Hospitality House living shelter,” said Major Ball. Up to 75 family members stay in its transitional and emergency family shelters.
    The Salvation Army also needs food daily for up to 200 people who receive a free dinner served six nights a week. Approximately 40,000 meals are served annually from the Army’s kitchen located at 746 W. 5th Street in San Bernardino.
    For more information about the Salvation Army Christmas dinner, donations or volunteering for The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps, call (909) 888-1336.
    The Redlands Salvation Army has its annual Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. Monday, December 24th, beginning at 1:00 p.m.. The Redlands Salvation Army is located at 838 Alta St., Redlands, CA 92374. For more information call, (909) 792-6868.
    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 Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, and also offering holistic programs for people of all ages. 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. The San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

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