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    One Small Gift Gives Hope To Many Children

    Toys for Distribution to needy children.

    Toys for Distribution to needy children.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, CA) It might seem like a very small gesture, but participating in The Salvation Army’s Giving Tree will make this season memorable for children in need.
    “Just pick up a Angel Giving Tree tag and buy a needy child the gift listed on the tag! The Angel Giving Tree matches donors with hundreds of children who are relying on The Salvation Army this year to bring them a Merry Christmas,” said Major Daniel Henderson, Corps officer for the San Bernardino Salvation Army.
    The San Bernardino Corps already has plans to set up two Angel Giving Trees this year, one at Inland Center Mall, and the other at the Wal-Mart store on Hallmark Parkway. Donations received here help The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps provide toys to children from 600 disadvantaged families in San Bernardino, Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace, Colton, Fontana and Bloomington.
    “You can support our Giving Tree by visiting our table in the Inland Center Mall from Friday, November 27th to December 24th,” said Major Henderson.
    Shoppers wishing to participate in the Giving Tree will find cards attached to the Giving Tree. These cards include the names and wish lists of needy children whose families cannot afford to buy gifts. Shoppers simply pluck a tag off the Giving Tree and head for the appropriate store to purchase their gift donations. Shoppers keep the card as an ornament to hang on their own Christmas tree, reminding them of their good deed.
    “This is a great way to start a tradition with your own family, by selecting a gift for a needy child together. The gifts are based on their individual wishes and for some children, it may be the only gift they receive all year,” said Major Henderson.
    “Soccer balls, dolls and clothes are just a few items on each child’s wish list,” said Major Henderson. “Shoppers who participate in the program are encouraged to shop for more than what is needed on the list. I can’t think of a better way for local people including business owners and managers to help the community and spread the spirit of Christmas.”
    The Salvation Army is looking for other business owners and managers who would like to have a tree at their place of business for employees and/or customers.
    To host a Giving Tree in San Bernardino, Colton, Grand Terrace, Rialto, Bloomington, Muscoy or Highland, call (909) 888-1336.
    The Salvation Army Corps in other areas of the Inland Empire also collect toys. Some will have trees, while others will accept donations at their Corps headquarters.
    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 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. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

    Redlands Pinto 8 All-Star Team Fundraising Events

    The Redlands Pinto 8 Red All-Stars

    The Redlands Pinto 8 Red All-Stars won 3 of 5 games over the Memorial Day weekend. Coach Eric Summers gave the boys a terrific speech after their first loss on Sunday. He eloquently reminded them of what Memorial Day is about and to honor those who died in war to make it possible for them to play baseball, and to do so with heads held high when other teams make great plays resulting in a few more runs, and ultimately the win. Pictured are: back row coaches, Eric Summers, Chris Gilbert and Wes Swogger; middle row: Bradley Gilgert, Jackson Taylor, Cody Lemler, Kade Finazzo; front row: Nevin Zerbe, Dan Summers, Tobias Mojica, Dayton Thompson, Mason Swogger, Vincent Maldonado, Parker Blomquist and Lance Durazo.

    The Redlands Baseball for Youth (RBY) spring baseball regular season comes to a close, a total of 12 eight year-old elite athletes have been honored by being chosen as part of the Pinto 8 Red All-Star Team out of more than 110 boys in the division.

    These accolades are a tremendous honor and reward for the hard work these kids put in all season. This honor also brings the challenge of having to raise funds for our specific team. The All-Star season budget is approximately $4,500, which covers league and tournament entry fees, team uniforms, equipment, and umpire costs.

    Donations from local patrons and businesses are one way we raise money to reach these goals. Without the support of the local community, we would be unable to reach the financial requirements to provide the Pinto 8 Red All-Star team players with the quality baseball program necessary for success.

    The boys and their coaches will be serving a buffet breakfast at the Redlands Applebee’s (2046 Redlands Blvd, in front of Walmart) on Saturday, June 7th from 8 to 10am. For just $10 you can start your weekend with a great breakfast and support the team as they represent Redlands at tournaments all around Southern California in the next few months.

    Get your tickets for the California League Champion 66ers (class A affiliate of the Angels) Thirsty Thursday, June 12th game – also their “Zombie Apocalypse” night. For just $11 you can enjoy a fun evening of baseball with all the fixins’ and even a bit of ‘undead’ fun as you support the Redlands Pinto 8 All-Stars.

    Businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor this great group of young athletes can do so with sponsorships as low as $50. All donations are 100% tax deductible – all coaches and parents are volunteers. Any and all support is appreciated and the team will provide recognition of your contribution on banners, websites, stories, plaques, etc. as timing permits.

    The Pinto 8 Red All-Stars played in a Memorial Day weekend tournament and won 3 games earning a place in the event title game, falling a bit short but proving these boys are competitors. We plan on playing in several “warm-up” tournaments prior to our participation in the Pony League tournament which runs from June 18 through July 7. With good fortune and hard work, we will conclude our season with the Super Regional Tournament and a possible trip to the Pinto World Series Tournament in San Jose, California on July 18. These events are usually attended by a large number of spectators and would provide great exposure with an on-site banner with your company’s name on it.

    For more information or tickets to breakfast or the 66er game, or sponsorship information, please call Thom at 909-855-3116.


    The Redlands Baseball for Youth (RBY) is a non-profit organization, governed and run solely by volunteers that number over 300. Since 1963 we have been providing a safe place for the youth of Redlands and surrounding communities to learn and play ball, make new friends, as well as build self-confidence and self-esteem. RBY is sanctioned by PONY Baseball and Softball, whose “Protect Our Nation’s Youth” message is put into practice by providing experiences in youth baseball and softball that will help young people grow into healthier and happier adults.

    Sponsorships are available, call Thom at 909-855-3116 for details.