Frontlines: News briefs of the West

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,

love and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7).

By Karen Gleason, Editor

ANACORTES, WASH.—Skagit County’s Prevention Council recently awarded The Salvation Army a “Very Important Prevention Person/Organization” certificate, recognizing the Army’s contributions to the children and youth of Anacortes in sponsoring the Caring for Kids 2010 Ready to Learn Fair. The Anacortes Community Health Council presented the award.

Majors Dave and Jeannie Bowler are Anacortes corps officers.


SAN PEDRO, CALIF.—The San Pedro Corps held a Mother’s Day flower sale to raise money for the Santa Cruz (Costa Rica) Corps, which needs a refrigerator, a gas stove to replace their wood stove and kitchen supplies.

Captains Alexis and Vera Villanea, corps officers, and Sergeant-Major Jose Gomez planned and led the fundraiser.

Corps members loaned money to purchase fresh flowers. Out of the $1,900 raised, approximately $1,000 paid back those contributors and $900 went to Costa Rica.


PORTLAND, ORE.—A benefit concert by the Satori Men’s Chorus—founded in 1993 to promote peace—took place May 20 at the Old Church in Portland.

With a concert theme of “Songs of Love and Peace,” all proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army’s West Women’s and Children’s Shelter.

For 30 years, the facility has served survivors of domestic violence by supporting women and their children as they transition from violence to independence and peace.


SAN DIEGO, CALIF.—Captain Lynn Stewart, Sierra del Mar divisional Guard and Sunbeam director, held Officers’ Kids’ Day—themed “U R Special”—recently at the El Cajon Corps.

Activities emphasized that the kids are important to God, their parents and The Salvation Army.

Many times officers’ kids face high expectations, resulting in pressures and unexpressed feelings, Stewart said.

Divisional Commander Commissioner Bill Luttrell and Stacie Brown, from the territorial officer care and development department, spoke to the group.


SPOKANE, WASH.—The Salvation Army is a finalist in Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 26th Annual AGORA Awards, in the Large Nonprofit category along with Second Harvest and Volunteers of America. The awards recognize business excellence in the Inland Northwest. The awards program is June 1.

Captains Kyle and Lisa Smith are corps officers in Spokane.


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—Divisional Headquarters mailed the first bundle of “Alaska Kids Sharing Smiles” letters/cards, made by Alaska schoolchildren, to children in Japan. The idea originated with Sagen Cottrell, a second-grader at Bear Valley Elementary. The effort inspired others—the Army received a second batch of letters from students at Moose Pass, Hope and Cooper Landing, who saw the story on local news.


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