Salvation Army Spreads Holiday CheerFor more Information call Carl Dameron @ (909) 534-9500
The Salvation Army has been in San Bernardino since 1887
(San Bernardino, Calif.) Thanks to the Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino (www.salvationarmyusa.org), needy families have a reason to celebrate this Christmas season.
Mothers, families, children and businesses from throughout the community are volunteering with The Salvation Army to make a difference, by spreading the holiday cheer with their donations and time. Volunteers are assembling more than 600 baskets loaded with food and toys scheduled for distribution to needy families.
Basket distribution takes place on December 20th and December 21st, with The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps. Other Salvation Army Corps in Redlands, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Victor Valley, and Ontario will be distributing baskets.
Bringing 50 families each hour, families received a basket of food for a holiday dinner, a gift certificate from Stater Bros. and a bag of toys for their children. Families receiving baskets are selected during an interview and application process.
“We 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 to keep things entertaining and uplifting for each family,” said Major Steve Ball, Commander of The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps.
The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps serves the cities of San Bernardino, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland and Rialto. “This undertaking could not be possible without public contributions and red kettle donations which help fund the basket distribution program,” said Major Ball.
“The San Bernardino Corps also needs donations of food every day for those at our Transitional Living Center,” 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.
It’s not too late to donate food, money, or toys to The Salvation Army. 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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