Community shows its generosity to Salvation Army
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – There were people holding hand-lettered cardboard signs at The Salvation Army recently, but the Sharpie scrawls did not read, “HOMELESS. ANYTHING HELPS!” A dozen people shared “before and after” signs at the non-profit’s annual luncheon, demonstrating how their individual lives had been transformed by The Salvation Army. One woman held a “drugs, gangs, jail “ sign which she put down and replaced with a sign that read, “ fulltime Mom & CNA !”(certified nursing assistant). The goal of the annual event is to let supporters know that lives are truly transformed by their donations.
The Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon was held on October 28, 2015 at the new San Bernardino Salvation Army, 2626 East Pacific Street and met its goal of raising $ 50,000 to provide MEALS for the hungry, SHELTER for the homeless, HOPE for the hopeless and REFUGE for children.
James Ramos, Chairperson of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors was the keynote speaker and Lieutenants Kelly and David Cain shared their individual stories of being addicts, turning to The Salvation Army for help and being completely changed. They each became Salvation Army soldiers, met at church, married and now give their lives to The Salvation Army as Corps Officers, serving in Moreno Valley.
“We are deeply grateful for this caring and giving community, and this luncheon is an opportunity to say thank you, and share individual stories of lives transformed,” says Major Daniel Henderson, administrator and pastor of The Salvation Army San Bernardino.
The Salvation Army has been in San Bernardino since 1887, and also serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, assisting more than 2,000 people each month with:
Meals and food for the homeless
Shelter and Safety for abused, homeless, and previously incarcerated neighbors
Housing and training for men recovering from substance abuse
After school care and summer camp for at-risk children
Scouting programs for children and teens
Church services and spiritual guidance
Emergency Services in times of disaster
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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org
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