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by Sue Schumann Warner – 

Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 1:13)

Shelter in the storm
The Western Territory’s ARC and disaster services joined with the American Red Cross to provide clothing to approximately 100 individuals who were evacuated from their mobile home park in Santa Clarita, Calif., due to mudslides caused by record rainfall. In La Conchita, in Ventura County, Salvation Army staff and volunteers assisted survivors and 350 relief workers, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Ten people perished in the mudslides in this small community. In Corona, Calif., the Corona Corps provided food and beverages to 800 families evacuated from homes below the Prado Dam; concern had been raised about the condition of dam’s wall.

Puyallup Auxiliary keeps busy
The women’s auxiliary of the Puyallup, Wash., corps has been busy serving others. This fall, a Teddy Bear picnic benefited the residents of the Puyallup Silvercrest. Forty-one attended, and each resident was presented with a decorated teddy bear. The next month, four auxiliary members served lunch at the Salvation Army senior center’s Harvest Fest auction. Another event involved preparing and serving lunch for 12 residents from Sunset Gardens Apartments (HUD).

Roof collapse in Reno
A roof cave-in at the Army’s Reno, Nev., work therapy center warehouse resulted in a broken water line, which flooded the building; the blast also blew out three large loading dock doors. Fortunately, it happened early on a Sunday morning, so no one was injured. The heavy snow caused about a third of the roof to collapse. Approximately 80 percent of the contents were a loss, reports Community Relations Director Carole Miller.

Hobbs stuffs truck
The Hobbs, N. Mex., corps joined with Paul Starr and his staff at radio stations KIX, KZOR and KPZA to Stuff a Truck with canned goods this Christmas. Local groups provided entertainment for the two-day event. The timbrels performed two routines, the corps’ youth choir sang and the senior band played before a large crowd. More than 17,740 pounds of food was collected—and donated to the Army’s food bank. “The food will be used in the emergency food boxes that will be distributed in the months ahead to hungry families in Hobbs and Lea County,” said Corps Officer Major Mark Davey.

San Bernardino, Calif., Corps Officer Major Jacqueline Fritz reports, “A big congratulations to Krystal Burford and Shalene Ursulo who both brought four new people to Sunday school in November.”

Jack Evans writes, “I was recently cleaning out old files and papers and came across a 1965 SASFOT yearbook for the Proclaimers of the Faith Session. I would like to give the book to someone who would have a personal interest in it.” He may be contacted at: (951) 678-9774 (phone); (951) 678-2655 (fax) or e-mail:

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