Frontlines — News Briefs of the West

Bob Bearchell

By Bob Bearchell – 

“Bells Across America” is the theme of the TV and radio public service announc-ements publicizing National Salvation Army Week, May 12-18. Ed Asner, well known actor and warm friend of the Army, is featured. Corps officers should contact their local TV and radio stations to be sure they have received copies of the tape,provided through our national community relations and development department, offering to provide local information on the Army or go on the air with local activities.


The Salvation Army’s “We Care” flood relief program is getting donations of products, food and services from many corporations. 3M Corp has come forth with various cleaning products and is matching money given by employees and retirees.

UPS makes daily stops at the Army’s warehouse in Brooklyn Center to transport supplies, and provided a semi-trailer to store them. Target and WCCO Radio teamed up for a “Flood Relief Drive” and in addition to products, $25,000 was collected. Thirty thousand frozen grilled chicken sandwiches will be served to relief and cleanup volunteers by White Castle Corp.

For the safety of flood relief workers, Stearns, Inc., has donated life jackets. Culligan has donated 25,000 gallons of water, and Tupperware Corp. is donating a portion of all sales during May to The Salvation Army for flood relief. Cleanup is expected to last several weeks throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.


Under the direction of newly hired Creative Arts/Music Ministries Coordinator Ellery Rose, the Grand Junction, Colo., Corps music department has expanded to include a Praise & Worship Band. “The addition of the youth praise band has been a tremendous boost to our music ministry and a real blessing to our worship experience,” says Captain George Baker, corps officer.

The band includes instruments non-traditional to the Army including clarinet, saxophone, and flute, as well as more traditional praise band instruments such as keyboards, drums, guitars and brass.


Guests were on the Last Train from Paris as the Sacramento Citadel Songsters hosted a Mystery Dinner Theatre for the corps people to benefit the group’s Self-Denial fund. The time was set back in 1940, and the theme was murder as guests guessed whodunit. Nearly $700 was raised by this evening of suspense, delicious food, and fun, hosted by Songster Leader Dorothy Compton.


The Women’s Auxiliary of Juneau, Alaska, recently held its annual Strawberry Festival and Fashion Show. One hundred forty-five guests enjoyed homemade soups. To prepare 100 school children for the Army’s Back Pack program, more than $1,500 was raised.

Auxiliary members will escort the children on a shopping spree at the Fred Meyers Store. A $25 Thrift Store voucher will supplement the new outfit. Congratulations to corps officers, Majors Neil and Kathie Timson, and their energetic corps family.


Major Svea Malmberg (R) is deeply grateful for the many calls, cards, prayers and memorials given for the organ fund at the Bellingham Corps on behalf of Major Roger Malmberg (R).

Brigadier Audrey Beringer (R) thanks everyone for the many cards and expressions of sympathy upon the recent promotion to Glory of Brigadier John C. Beringer (R).

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