Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Salvation Army Shares Meat And Dessert After Abundant Donations

The Inland Empire Job Corps donated 300  pies to The Salvation Army's Thanksgiving feast this year. Donating them to Hospitality House Shelter Director Roosevelt Carroll (left) and to Director Capt. Stephen Ball (right) were Job Corps students Michael Covington, Shawn Green and Julian Chavez and Culinary Instructor Michael Gerud.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corps received so much donated food on Thanksgiving Day and shortly thereafter, it had enough left over to share with other charities.

The recent donations were primarily meats and desserts, which had to be shared with others to prevent them from spoiling.

“We are thankful for this generous support,” said Capt Stephen Ball, director of the San Bernardino Corps.

On and in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the San Bernardino Corps received so much food, it and several other local charities will be able to keep feeding hungry families for a few weeks.

The Hospitality House emergency family shelter served some of this food to the 175 or more people it serves daily, and will be able to continue doing so for a few more days. It shared the rest with the Salvation Army’s Path for Prosperity and Adult Rehabilitation Center’s mens’ programs, Veronica’s House shelter for pregnant women and Mary’s Table, which is another community organization feeding people on a daily basis.

 “This holiday season we have been blessed by everyone throughout our community,” said Roosevelt Carroll, director of the Hospitality House emergency family shelter. “After the holidays, we will really need help.”

The San Bernardino Corps received 300 pies from Inland Empire Job Corps before Thanksgiving. It also received 33 hams from three different donors and close to 200 turkeys this year.”

Carroll noted that 100 of the turkeys were from Costco, which also provided 60 cheesecakes and 60 pecan pies. Those desserts were added to the 100 cherry, 100 apple and 100 pumpkin pies Job Corps had already provided, as well as 80 more pumpkin pies from Arrowhead United Way.

Arrowhead United Way donated 40 turkeys, Jim Campbell donated 25, State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod donated 15 and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales donated 10.

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 Radio Network 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.