Salvation Army Supports First Responders and Evacuees of Big Bear Lake Fire

June 19, 2015
Cory Gaudaur | cory.gaudaur@usw.salvationarmy.org | (619) 446-0314

Big Bear Lake, CA (June 19, 2015) – As fires continue to burn in the San Bernardino Mountains, The Salvation Army has been active day and night since the fire started serving first responders and Incident Command.

The Salvation Army has two mobile units circulating in areas impacted by the fires.  The Salvation Army has provided close to 4,000 items to 1,500 individuals and has logged 200 volunteer hours. Items include water bottles, Gatorade, lip balm, baby wipes and snacks.

With centers in Big Bear, San Bernardino and Redlands, as well as throughout the Inland Empire, The Salvation Army is prepared to offer increased support as needed.

“This is a time of hurt and pain, but seeing the community come together has been a huge blessing,” says Lt. Ben Jones of The Salvation Army’s Pine Summit Camp in Big Bear.  “We’re doing as much as we can, but we need the continued support of others to keep going and provided much-needed services.”

The Salvation Army is in need of individual water bottles, individually wrapped snacks, lip balm and baby wipes. Items can be dropped off at Big Bear High School, 351 Maple Ln, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.

Those wishing to help The Salvation Army monetarily in its short term and long term assistance to fire victims, may donate:

Online: www.inlandempire.salvationarmy.org

By phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY

By mail:
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
Fire Relief
P.O. Box 503580, San Diego, CA 92150-3580

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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