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Salvation Army Spreads Christmas Cheer

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Thanks to the Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino (www.salvationarmyusa.org), more than 2,500 children had a gift to open this past Christmas morning.

The faculty and staff at the Loma Linda School of Allied Health Professions were happy to be able to help with the Giving Tree program. Together they donated more than 100 toys filling the wishes of children in Rialto, Highland, Grand Terrace, Colton, and San Bernardino.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., mothers, families, children and businesses from throughout the community recently volunteered to make a difference, by spreading the holiday cheer with their donations and time, which helped 600 families celebrate the season.

Wells Fargo’s Lien Release department adopted a family, buying presents for the children and needed household items including needed pots, pans and cooking utensils for the family.

“We have been at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ for five years now, using this location as a distribution center and storage facility for the distribution of food and gifts for families in need,” said Maj. Stephen Ball, commander of The Salvation Army of San Bernardino Corps.

“The location has been very convenient in reaching those who need our help the most. They really have embraced what we are doing in the community and are a wonderful partner. They even provide parishioners as volunteers. They have really been a blessing.”

Bringing 100 families in at a time, each family received a basket of food for a holiday dinner, a gift card from Stater Bros. and a bag of toys for their children, donated through the Salvation Army Giving Tree program.

“We try to 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 really to keep things entertaining and uplifting for each family,” said Maj. Ball.

The San Bernardino Corps serves the cities of San Bernardino, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland and Rialto. While busy coordinating volunteers, along with managing more than 600 baskets loaded with food, toys scheduled for distribution to needy families, Maj. Ball points out this undertaking could not be possible without public contributions and red kettle donations which help fund the basket distribution program.

To make a donation or sign up for local assistance call the San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps at (909) 888-1336.

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