Andrea M. Baldrias
To kick off the season of giving, the New Beginnings Outreach Christian Church has organized both Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebrations to provide food and resources to the homeless community in San Bernardino.
San Bernardino community leaders, members, and businesses have made a concerted community effort to provide for those who are struggling.
The Thanksgiving Celebration was held on the November 17th. It was sponsored by Pastor J.J. Mack and Church family from New Beginnings Outreach Christian Church. They served baked and cooked dishes.
The Church’s Christmas Celebration will be held on December 1st from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at 1140 W Mill Street, San Bernardino. Prospective volunteers can either call Pastor Mack at (909) 453-9432 or show-up the day of the event. The volunteer duties include: serving food, distributing clothing or groceries, and organizing games for the children.
The donations accepted include: non-perishable food, clothing and shoes for men, women, and children, plastic or paper plates and cups, plastic silverware, paper napkins, bottled water or juice. The community is also allowed to make cash, gift card, check or money order donations. Additional accepted donations include freezers, cars, trucks, blankets, clothing, etcetera. Please wrap gifts intended for children.
The accepted food donations include cooked ham, chicken, turkey, potato salad, deviled eggs, all ethnic foods, cakes, pies, and any baked or cooked dishes one chooses to bring.
The donation drop-off points are located at (1) CSCUSB: Social and Behavior Science Building, University Hall Basement (by the Bursar’s Office), Kinesiology Department, and the Recreation Center. (2) San Bernardino Valley College in Human Service to Professor Edward Gomez at 701 South Mt. Vernon, San Bernardino. (3) Staples in San Bernardino located at 945 E. Hospitality Ln.