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by Sue Schumann Warner –
Managing Editor

According to Capts. David and Diane Ebel, corps officers, the new Turlock, Calif., Corps community center is only $450,000 away from its fund-raising goal of $2.8 million. It will be the city’s largest vehicle for delivering social services to Tur-lock’s underprivileged. Ebel notes the facility will also be a distribution site for the Senior Nutrition Program, which will distribute healthy, hot meals to low-income seniors who may make that their only hot meal of the day.

The San Pedro, Calif., corps recognized Ralph’s Market #87 for their many years of daily giving food items to them. “It would be impossible to run an effective food pantry and meet the immediate needs of individuals if it weren’t for Ralph’s Market,” said Corps Officer Lt. Jorge Garnica. An average of 305 individuals each month receive food, shelter, utility, transportation, or clothing assistance from the corps.

Union Pacific Railroad Foundation Special Representative, Richard Hartman, presented a $10,000 check to Captain Kyle Trimmer, Cheyenne, Wyo., corps officer, and Lynette Baker, grantwriter, recently. The generous donation will help upgrade Cheyenne’s soup kitchen equipment. A commercial refrigerator and shelving, along with other needed items, will improve the efficiency of the soup kitchen which feeds the hungry seven days a week.

“We are ecstatic about the grant,” said Trimmer. “It will allow us to do things we have needed to do for years.”

Lt. Colonel Helen Starrett, Adult Rehabilitation Centers Command director of special services, was interviewed recently by local celebrity and long-time Salvation Army supporter Stephanie Edwards. The taped interview was broadcast that evening on radio station KKLA (99.5 FM). Starrett announced the opening of the first women’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in the LA basin area, in the city of Arcadia.

Christine and Emmili Penn “top off” the San Bernardino, Calif., Corps Sunday school penny drive for World Services. “The Sunday school raised $314 (31,408 pennies) during a four-month period,” report Corps Officers Majors Russ and Jacqué Fritz.

Sumner Dodge reports that the Las Vegas, Nev., corps has enrolled eight new junior soldiers: Jonathan McDevitt, Sa’Dawn and Carlton Hogan, Zeneta, Shannia, and Shanice Clemons, and Tyler and Julian Chalsson.

If the Earth’s population were shrunk to a village of 100 people, while maintaining existing human ratios, there would be: 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 North/South Americans, 8 Africans, 52 females, 48 males, 70 non-whites, 30 whites, 70-non-Christians, 30 Christians, and 59% of the village’s wealth would be in the hands of six people.

Of the 100 people: 80 would live in substandard housing, 70 would be unable to read, 50 would suffer from malnutrition, one would own a computer and only one would have a college education. (From The War Cry)

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