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    Salvation Army Brings Smiles To Needy Children This Christmas

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    Carl Dameron @ (909) 534-9500

    The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887
    (San Bernardino, Calif.) The Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino Police Station and 99.1 KGGI FM (www.salvationarmyusa.org) will bring smiles to many needy children this Christmas with their week long toy drive.
    The toys are included in 600 baskets donated to needy children and families who cannot afford to buy toys this Christmas. Families living in San Bernardino, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland and Rialto will be assisted.
    “The idea for the toy drive was suggested by Police Chief Robert Handy during a Salvation Army Board meeting,” said Sergeant Spann of the San Bernardino Police Department. Over 350 Toys were collected at the San Bernardino Police Station. “We’ve had so much fun collecting the toys. Sometimes our officers play with the toys,” said Spann.
    Officer Paul Kelly volunteered for the first time with The Salvation Army. “I’m happy to do it, and I love doing this work for the children,” said Kelly.
    There is a long list of toy drive participants that also includes 1140 AM The TOAD, 1440 AM Funny, Crest Chevrolet, Harlow’s Kitchen Concepts, and Best Price Auto Glass.
    Robert Lazar, owner of Best Price Auto Glass, was asked by Chief Handy to participate in the toy drive. “Being a Christian, I’ve always been a giving person. I immediately agreed to help the police station and The Salvation Army,” said Lazar.
    Lazar understands what it means to be a needy child. As a child refugee in Iraq, Lazar lived in tents with 8,000 people for 4 years. Lazar finally came to the U.S. as a high school freshman. “It was scary. The U.S. was a new place and I spoke zero English,” said Lazar.
    D-Dizzle of 99.1 KGGI volunteered his time to raise toys. “When the community knows we are going to be out anywhere, they want to be apart of it,” said D-Dizzle. D-Dizzle has volunteered six years in a row with The Salvation Army. “99.1 KGGI loves giving back to the community and providing for the less fortunate,” said D-Dizzle.
    “This is the first time I’ve been heavily involved with The Salvation Army, and I love it,” said Evelyn Erives of 99.1 KGGI. “Every year we try to do something special for our listeners, there are people who need help and helping them is what it’s all about.”
    This year 99.1 KGGI DJs participated in The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program. “We bought gifts and needed items to get this family through tough times,” said Erives
    Erives demonstrates strong leadership as a volunteer. She recently won the National Broadcasting Award for Volunteerism. “I volunteer regularly with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year we were able to raise over $100,000 in donations,” said Erives.
    Many of the services provided by The Salvation Army are made possible through in-kind donations and volunteer service. For more information about making donations or volunteering with The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps, 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 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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