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Letter to the Editor: An Urgent Plea

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There have been some hot days in San Bernardino! 107, 108, 105, 106. It sounds better in Centrigrade: 41, 42, 40, 41.

Our walk-in refrigerator/freezer –now ten years old – has been working overtime: freezing ice, keeping donated meats at safe temperatures, keeping those squash and tomatoes from our community garden fresh and useable. All the food we serve –over 85,000 meals last year – pass through that refrigerator/ freezer. Its aging compressor is grinding and churning and grunting as it keeps doing its work. A recent repair visit revealed to us that it is in urgent need of new parts and repair work. The cost: $3,200! This is not something we have had in our food budget. And with requests for food up 204%, it will not be easy to find.

So I am turning to you, Mission Friends, who have been so supportive over the last 13 years in our efforts to build the Mission and to keep it open to serve the poorest of the poor.

We need to raise $3,200 within 30 days so that we can have this needed work done on the compressor and keep our foods safe for summer use. Please send your donation directly to CCLM and note on your check “freezer.” Central City Lutheran Mission 1354 N. “G” Street, San Bernardino, CA 92405 Thank you for your generosity during this time of urgent need!

Rev. David J. Kalke

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